FIRST ON WITN: Stepmom Accused Of Tying Son To Tree Out Of Jail

An Edgecombe County woman, charged with murder after her 13-year-old stepson died after being tied to a tree, is out of jail.

WITN News has learned that Sandra McMillan posted the required $200,000 bond this morning and was released from jail.

Sandra McMillan pleaded not guilty in Edgecombe County Superior Court in January to child abuse and murder. It was during that hearing that Judge Milton Fitch set the woman's bond.

The judge ruled if she posted bail, she must live with her cousin in Cary and wear a monitoring device. She will be allowed to travel only to her attorney's office.

McMillan and her husband, Brice, are accused of tying up Tyler McMillan overnight for being disobedient last June 10th. Tyler also was tied to the tree the next night, and Sandra McMillan found him unresponsive the following afternoon.

She and her husband were indicted last month. Brice McMillan waived arraignment and has pleaded not guilty to the same charges.


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  • by CommonSense on Mar 12, 2009 at 06:56 PM
    Released on bond or not, the court should have the good sense NOT to let a person who is even potentially guilty of such acts have ANY access to other children until the court knows the extent of guilt. And the court DOES NOT know that yet. Judge Fitch, allowing Sandra to have ANY contact with her surviving daughter (or any children) is beyond stupid. Who knows what that child has endured at the hands of her mother already? It sure didn't work out well for her poor brother Tyler did it!! It just makes no sense. And what about the cousin's neighbors? How would you feel having such a monster moving in next door? Do you think anybody even bothered contacting them to let them know about their new neighbor - so they can keep an eye on the safety of their own children? God forbid, that would probably invade some precious privacy right. What insanity!!!
  • by rob Location: grimesland on Mar 12, 2009 at 04:32 PM
    I can't believe the courts could actually not know these people are gonna be wanted fugatives and running... if they are set free on the street again.unk is correct . what the h.. is going on.
  • by S Location: ENC on Mar 12, 2009 at 12:41 PM
    Speaking from experience,I can understand why the McMillians attorney entered a "Not guilty" plea....everyone is entitled to legal representation & the attorney is just trying to do his job to the best of his ability...I'm sure he is not particularly fond of this case anymore than the general public is..and although I do not agree with the Judge,his job in setting bond has NOTHING to do with whether they are guilty or not...bond is set according to flight risk...I,too,hope that both of these monsters have the book thrown at them,but with the reality of overcrowded court dockets, I'm sure a plea agreement will probably be reached...I just hope they suffer in prison at least as much as this child suffered...either way,their lives are ruined...
  • by unk Location: ENC on Mar 12, 2009 at 06:10 AM
    NOT GUILTY!!! I guess Tyler tied himself to the tree to frame his loving parents. When a death is involved, there should be no such thing as bail at any price. I will never vote for this judge for anything. If the law allows this type of thing, then our state government needs to do their job and close this loophole.
  • by ?????? on Mar 12, 2009 at 05:28 AM
    A disobedient child that they could not handle??????? So she tied him to a tree???Where I'm from, the word disobedient was not in the vocabulary box!!!!!!!!! People don't lay it down and get a child you are not willing to nuture and be a 'real' parent to...notice I said parent, not FRIEND...sad case...and she'e free????
  • by PO'd Mom on Mar 11, 2009 at 09:10 PM
    Children have no rights. Sometimes I think the justice system doesn't care about anyone under 18. If you can't vote you have no voice. Many murders, child molesters get away with a slap on the wrist. Waiting for the DA to offer one of them a plea bargain to testify against the other. And the ones that end up pulling time, get 3 meals a day, an education, nice TV's to watch, better medical care than most of the senior citizens, and still get all the drugs and sex they want when locked up.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Mar 11, 2009 at 06:21 PM
    There is just no telling what a judge will do....judge I have one question...What about Tyler?
  • by 2009 Location: Hamilton on Mar 11, 2009 at 02:30 PM
    Four words NO NO OH NO!!!
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Mar 11, 2009 at 01:11 PM
    AN has hit the jackpot. Keep 'em in jail as long as the child is dead.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2009 at 12:51 PM
    "McMillan and her husband, Brice, are accused of tying up Tyler McMillan overnight for being disobedient last June 10th. Tyler also was tied to the tree the next night, and Sandra McMillan found him unresponsive the following afternoon." As if tying him to the tree were not bad enough, they did not even check on him until the end of the second day!!!!!! Let's tie them up to a tree in 100 degree weather and leave them out for two days.
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