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Report: Teen Found Dead in Yard Froze to Death

Report: Teen Found Dead in Yard Froze to Death

By Mike Conroy. CREATED Mar 28, 2013

CHILTON, Wis. -- Deputies in Calumet County have determined the cause of death of a teen who was found dead in a backyard last month.

The Calumet County medical examiner ruled the death of 18-year-old Monica Batts accidental. The report shows Batts had been drinking and died from exposure to cold.

Batts left a New Holstein home on Feb. 11 about 4 a.m. She crossed a snow-covered field and hopped over a small fence into the backyard of a home. She apparently tried to get inside the home but wasn't able to.

An autopsy concluded that she died of hypothermia. Toxicology tests show she had an elevated blood-alcohol level.