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UPDATE: Authorities identify Columbus mother and child found dead in bed Thursday morning

Authorities today identified the woman and child found dead in their bed Thursday morning.

They were Donna Alicia Cargill, 28, and Matthew Paul Burkett, 2 months, both off 5143 Morris Ave., where the child's father, Billy Joe Burkett Sr., found them dead when he awoke about 6 a.m. Thursday, police said.

Muscogee County coroner Bill Thrower pronounced them dead at 6:59 a.m., officers said. Police are calling the case a death investigation.

Investigators today said they were awaiting autopsy results, including toxicology tests, on the mother and child.

Lt. John McMichael said the investigation indicates that the father, mother and child all shared the same bed during the night. The father woke up first and left the room, he said, and when he came back, he discovered the mother and child unresponsive.

"There's nothing to indicate foul play at this time," McMichael said.

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