Judge Bill Woody says the Dallas County medical examiner believes skeletal remains found in a rural creek south of Dallas on Saturday are those of Johnathan Ramsey, a 10-year-old boy who was allegedly starved to death by his parents.
Wood said the medical examiner's analysis is based on circumstances of the case as described by investigators, and that DNA test results are still pending and that x-ray tests will be conducted to determine if the boy was starved to death.
The medical examiner's office declined to comment because the case involves remains found in another county.
Ramsey's father and stepmother are jailed on charges of felony injury to a child.
Authorities say the boy was confined to a room and starved as punishment.
According to affidavits, the boy's father said he found the boy unconscious in his room and that he wrapped the child up and put him in a vacant house's storm shelter next door. Ramsey told investigators he dumped the boy's body in Ennis a day or two later.
Bond has been set for each of the boy's parents at $500,000.