Autopsy: 13 Year-Old Was Overheated, Dehydrated

An autopsy report shows a 13-year-old boy left tied to a tree for 18 hours in June died of dehydration and heat stroke.

WRAL-TV reports that Tyler McMillan's autopsy shows his body temperature was 105.6 degrees when he was taken to the hospital. Tests showed a pattern of dehydration.

Authorities say Tyler McMillan's parents found him unresponsive on June 12 after he had been tied to a tree overnight as punishment. His father, Brice McMillan, and stepmother, Sandra McMillan, have been charged with murder and felony child abuse.

The autopsy also found Tyler had insect bites on his arms and legs, bruises on his buttocks and legs that may have been caused by a rod-like instrument and marks on his wrists and ankles consistent with plastic ties.


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  • by Concerned Citizen Location: NC on Jan 11, 2009 at 08:52 PM
    Rachel-I understand that both of Tyler’s surviving siblings need to be protected, but it is my point of view that they both need to be protected from the “parents” who committed the monstrous acts that ultimately killed Tyler. Have you considered the terrible consequences both of the siblings may endure if either, or both, of the “parents” are released from prison in a few short years, or bond out of jail even earlier? Your comment requesting that we “wait” for the court system to impose justice is, I feel, naïve. It is our responsibility as citizens of this community to remind those in authoritative positions, ahead of time, that we expect them to do their jobs and, in Tyler’s case, we expect real justice. Don’t think for a minute that the Defense team who asked for the “gag” order didn’t have a motive – a motive to protect their clients' backsides. I think that Tyler would want us to ensure that NEITHER of his siblings EVER faces the potential of going through the hell that he did.
  • by NCMom Location: WSNC on Jan 11, 2009 at 07:45 PM
    Concerned Citizen wrote and I agree "Perhaps if the judge, DA and law enforcement see citizens on the courthouse steps demanding justice for Tyler, they will take notice and stop allowing this case to be hidden in secrecy". I live about 250 miles from the area, yet I am hoping I can be there to show my support for Tyler. I pray we can get the truth. I want to know who made the decision to leave this boy tied all day. Just maybe we can come away with the truth. We are law abiding people in search of truth and justice. I know I can't change anything, I can only wait for the truth. Tylers little brother needs to know that people care.
  • by Rachel Location: NC on Jan 10, 2009 at 05:24 PM
    Concerned Citizen - before you storm the court house and want all this media attention...please remember that Tyler has a brother that is living in this community. When this story originally came out friends from Tyler's school posted on WITN's website. Before you try to make this a media cirucs, please think about what it must be like to be a nine year old child. He has been thru so much--your media circus would be very cruel to Tyler's brother. What do you think his classmates will say to him. We all want justice for Tyler - let the cout system do its job. Tyler would want us to protect his brother. Let us have compassion for his brother who is still living in our community.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: NC on Jan 9, 2009 at 07:10 PM
    There is a obvious attempt to keep Tyler's case out of the public eye on the part of the defense. The only recent information that was given came by petitioning the court and fighting for it. Does anybody know any victims rights groups in NC who may be willing to carry the tourch for Tyler and demand justice? If you do, call them, call the media, call whoever may be interested in Justice for Tyler and make them aware. Perhaps if the judge, DA and law enforcement see citizens on the courthouse steps demanding justice for Tyler, they will take notice and stop allowing this case to be hidden in secrecy. It is my understanding that the next hearing date is next week, Tuesday, Jan. 13 in the morning at the Edgecombe County Courthouse in N.C. Rumor has it that the step-mother may try to bond out of jail then. How I feel for the surviving children if that is allowed to happen.
  • by lynn Location: Rocky Mount on Jan 4, 2009 at 04:29 PM
    Tyler you are a Super Hero and will never be forgotten. I just pray that the truth of what happened to you actually comes out. You are forever in our hearts.
  • by deeply saddened Location: Greenville on Jan 4, 2009 at 09:14 AM
    I know Brice. If you think this couldn't happen to you, think again. I know Brice. This could never happen to him.
  • by Concerned for Brice Location: Winterville NC on Jan 2, 2009 at 12:51 PM
    When is the trial? Does anyone have information about the trial?
  • by Family Location: Rocky Mount NC on Dec 27, 2008 at 07:28 AM
    Brice was a good and loving father, known him for almost all his life. He held two jobs to support his children. Not much is known about the wife to anyone in the family other than she wanted space and a new home for her own identity. This is unlike him...nobody knows anything, and the result is completely unbelievable, yet it is reality. Brice is the type that would take the fall for this happening, yet knowing him for all these years I can't believe he would be at the center of this...he was at work, she home schooled the kids, where was she during the day when this happened?
  • by amen on Dec 24, 2008 at 12:49 PM
    Amen to Joe Citizen. My question is if there was some spousal abuse going on. Husbands can be abused people. You won't hear of it often. They won't admit it. Both are to blame. Both will pay. There is plenty of evidence.
  • by Joe Citizen Location: N.C. on Dec 23, 2008 at 06:17 PM
    Watch out for the "step-mother" trying to place all the blame on the father. I bet that will be at least a portion her defense - play dumb. While there is plenty of blame to go around for both "parents", it would not be remotly "just" to allow the father to take all of the blame. BOTH need to be very severely punished. After reading the medical examiners report, it is clear that Tyler was bound, beaten and tortured before his tragic death. However, reports in the community are that the boys (Tyler and his younger brother) were doing fine with dad before the "step-mother" came along. Then, suddenly, things took a tragic and fatal turn. Sound like a familiar story? There is NO WAY that a "careing mother" does not know that her child is missing for two nights in a row (bound to a tree in the yard), and that her child is beaten w/ cuts and bruises all over his body. What concerns me is that if we know this much, then what else don't we know - AND WAY ALL THIS AFTER STEP-MOM CAME ALONG?
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