Bond Set For Stepmother In McMillan Death

A North Carolina judge has set a $200,000 bond for a woman charged with murder after her 13-year-old stepson died after being tied to a tree overnight.

Sandra McMillan pleaded not guilty in Edgecombe County Superior Court on Wednesday to child abuse and murder. If she posts 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 on June 10. 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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A judge has delayed the court hearing for a couple facing murder charges after their 13-year-old son died when he was left tied to a tree.

Brice and Sandra McMillan were scheduled to appear in an Edgecombe County court Tuesday, but a busy court schedule moved their hearing to Wednesday. They also face child abuse charges.

Authorities say Brice McMillan told them he and his wife left Tyler McMillan tied to a tree and forced him to sleep outside June 10 because he was being disobedient. He also was tied up the next night. The boy's stepmother found him unresponsive the following afternoon.

An autopsy report said his body temperature was 105.6 degrees when he arrived at the hospital. He suffered a number of insect bites and likely died from dehydration, heat stroke or both.

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