The male child is believed to be one year of age, and found in "Tomb 2" with two other older females. The child is believed to have been buried alive.
The arid desert helped preserve the body; the hot and dry climate most likely dried out the body.
While not specifically conducted on the child, many sought the reason as to why the Tocharians settled/existed in the area they did and where their origin lay.
The Tarim Basin no longer resembles the wetlands that were present during the time of the Cherchen people and has now been completely taken over by the Taklamakan Desert.