Mikaeel Kular whose body was found in a Fife woodland following a massive police hunt died from internal bleeding and peritonitis, his death certificate has revealed.
The three-year-old’s remains were discovered six weeks ago near a relative’s house in Dunvegan Avenue, Kirkcaldy, during a UK-wide search operation.
His mother Rosdeep Adekoya, 33, has been charged with his murder.
A registrar in Kirkcaldy has released the certificate which records the cause of death as “peritonitis and intra-abdominal haemorrhage” and said an investigation of the facts of the case was pending.
Peritonitis is defined as inflammation of the peritoneum – the thin lining of the abdomen – and requires immediate treatment, according to the NHS website.
It is caused by an infection, which can rapidly spread around the body.
An intra-abdominal haemorrhage is a bleed inside the patient’s abdomen.
Mikaeel’s death was reportedly registered by his step-grandfather who signed the document Mr B Krishnaswamy.
Time and place of death was listed as “04.02 on 18 January” in “Woodland behind Dunvegan Avenue, Kirkcaldy”.
Hundreds of volunteers joined a huge police search operation in January to help scour Muirhouse, Pennywell and Silverknowes for Mikaeel Kular, who was reported missing from his home in Ferry Gait Crescent on January 16.
Two days later police arrested his mother Rosdeep on suspicion of murder.
She is now being held on remand at Cornton Vale jail near Stirling and has appeared twice in court in Edinburgh, making no plea or declaration.