The Independence County Coroners office has listed abuse as the preliminary cause of death of a 19-month old boy in Izard County.
Caiden Tharp was pronounced dead on June 3, after being transported from Izard County to the hospital in Batesville by emergency medical personnel.
Independence County Coroner Wesley Gay notified the Izard County Sheriff's Department of the death. Sheriff's deputies and Arkansas State Police are now investigating.
According to Sheriff Tate Lawrence, Caiden Tharp and his mother, Kayla Stokes, are from Greenway, Arkansas, but had been on an extended visit to the Hugh Stiles residence in Mount Pleasant.
The body of Tharp, who was born in October of 2009, has been sent to the state medical examiner's office in Little Rock. An autopsy may produce evidence relating to the cause of death and help determine whether foul play was involved.