The autopsy on a child's body found in a freezer Sunday in Bradenton was inconclusive.
Authorities said that means they haven't been able to positively identify whether the body is that of a missing child, Janiya Thomas, 11.
Her mother, Keishanna Thomas, will be back in court on Thursday for contempt of court charges. She was held in contempt of court and taken to the Manatee County jail without bond after refusing to tell a judge anything about Janiya's whereabouts or condition.
Legal analyst Kevin Hayslett is not working this case but he said Thomas' silence doesn't surprise him.
"The question is how long can she be held for refusing to answer those questions? At some point, we might find this in the hands of the Second District Court of Appeals to have them weigh in on whether or not she can continue to be held," Hayslett said.
Police presume the body found is Janiya but Hayslett said the complete autopsy results may take a while.
"DNA will take days if not weeks. So don't expect DNA to come back tomorrow, expect it a month from now," he said.
Police said right now the investigation is on hold and no murder charges have been filed since they're waiting for the autopsy results.
Hayslett said it could become difficult for prosecutors to keep Thomas in jail on the contempt charges alone.
"If the only evidence they have is an unidentified body, they may not be able to connect the dots to allow probably cause for that judge to hold her," he said.
Thomas is also facing child abuse charges in a different case with a different child, but if she's able to pay the $100,000 bond for that, she could go free, if the contempt charges were to get dropped.
By Laurie Davison, Bay News 9