Authorities baffled by discovery of child's skull

NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - Authorities are baffled by the discovery of a child's skull amid the debris of May flooding in Nashville.

The remains were found in a pile of rubble in the northern part of the city.

Derick Donald found it on May 17. He was working for a contractor hired to clear away debris.

Donald told The Tennessean he saw the small, beige skull in a pile of roofing and ruined drywall.

Denise Martin, investigations director of the Medical Examiner's Office, says carbon dating indicates the child lived and died in the 1960s. The child was probably between 4 and 8 years old, but Martin says it's nearly impossible to determine gender or race.

There is no indication the flood disturbed any graves in the area where the skull was found.

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