Authorities: Child's 'severed head' found on Navajo reservation

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GANADO, AZ (AP) -

Authorities say an infant's remains have been found on the Navajo Nation in Arizona.

The Gallup (New Mexico) Independent reports that Navajo Police Chief Phillip Francisco said a child's severed head was found Monday in a field in the Ganado area.

Francisco told the newspaper the FBI is investigating and he didn't have additional details.

Francisco's office says he's attending the funeral Thursday of a Navajo Nation police officer fatally shot on duty.

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The FBI did not immediately respond to queries from the Associated Press but gave the Independent a statement saying "partial remains of an infant child" were found in the Ganado area.

The statement said cause of death wasn't known but that authorities had information that they hoped would lead to "a rapid resolution to the investigation."

Ganado, which is a certified chapter of the Navajo Nation Government, is about 4.5 hours northeast of Phoenix in Apache County, not far from the Arizona-New Mexico border. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, about 1,200 people call Ganado home.

Ganado is the site of the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, which is managed by the National Park Service.

The Navajo Nation is comprised of nearly 27,000 square miles in northeastern Arizona, southeastern Utah and northwestern New Mexico. It is the largest holding of land by Native American tribe in the country.

3TV and CBS 5 contributed to this report.

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