Court date for parents of teen tied to tree

January 14, 2009 4:48:43 AM PST
The parents of a 13-year-old Edgecombe County boy who died after he was left tied to a tree in summer heat are expected in court today.Edgecombe deputies say Brice McMillan and his wife Sandra left their son Tyler tied up in June to punish him for disobedience.

The boy was allegedly left to sleep outside, released the next morning, but then tied up again the following night. The boy's stepmother found him unresponsive the following afternoon.

The medical examiner said the teen - covered with insect bites - likely died from dehydration, heat stroke or a combination of both.

The couple was originally due in court Tuesday, but the hearing was postponed.