Tree Tyler was tied to
Tree used to discipline Tyler

Macclesfield, N.C.-

13-year-old Tyler McMillan wasn’t behaving like his father and stepmother may have liked. So he was punished…sadly, it ended up costing this young man his life.

Tyler's Father

His parents briefly appeared at the Edgecombe County District Court to be formally charged with murder and felony child abuse. Brice Brian McMillan (41) and Sandra Elizabeth McMillan (36), are charged in the murder of the 13-year-old after tying him to a tree allegedly for 18 hours. The parents told an Edgecombe County, N.C. deputy that Tyler “was being disobedient and was forced to sleep outside last Tuesday while tied to a tree.


” The teen was let go Wednesday morning and allowed back into the home, but again was tied up that night for bad behavior, and left there until the next afternoon. That is when his stepmother found him unresponsive.

Tyler's Stepmother

The arrest warrants revealed that Tyler had “bruising to his wrist, cuts to his entire body, missing flesh from his buttocks” which all came from being tied to a tree for approximately 18 hours, ending in his death. Two other children in the home ages 7 and 9 have been removed and are now in custody of social services. I wonder what these 2 children are telling about the treatment of their brother and life in that house in general.

Meanwhile today, Tyler was buried next to his mother and remembered by family and friends “as a boy who enjoyed reading, karate, professional wrestling and being outdoors fishing and playing with his cousins.”

Tyler McMillan,13

“We will miss Tyler very much and are in shock, disbelief and unbearable grief,” his family said in a statement issued Monday afternoon.

This is terrible and I don’t know how a child can be so “disobedient” that it ends in him being tied to a tree and dying. I feel like this is downright inhumane treatment and there is no reason for a child to be tied to a tree like that and lose his life. Couldn’t they just take away Tyler’s favorite activities to teach him a lesson? There’s got to be more to this story other than what is being reported so far, but there is no excuse for this.

Front of Tylers  NC Home

They are going back to court for a probable cause hearing on July 2. If they are found guilty, they could face life in prison, or the death penalty.

Associated Press


Tyler’s Obituary in the Daily Reflector Online:

Tyler G. McMillan    

Tyler G. McMillan/ Tyler Gene McMillan, 13, passed away Thursday, June 12, 2008, at Heritage Hospital. The funeral service will be conducted Monday at 10:30 a.m. in Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church. Burial will be beside his mother in the family cemetery. Tyler was born and raised in Pitt County. He began his schooling at Greenville Christian Academy and then attended Trinity Christian School. He grew up attending Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church. Tyler was active in many hobbies. He enjoyed reading, fishing, karate, being a Boy Scout and watching Professional Wrestling. He loved playing outdoors with his cousins. He has gone to join his mother, Michelle (Mickie), who preceded him in death. He is survived by his father, Brice B. McMillan and step-mother; brother, Ryan Wesley McMillan; step-sister, Bryanna; paternal grandparents, Sam and Vi McMillan; maternal grandparents, Carl and June Sasser and Dessa Forsythe; and a very large and loving extended family. The family will receive friends at Wilkerson Funeral Home Sunday from 5-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations for an Educational Fund for his surviving brother in the name of Ryan Wesley McMillan may be sent to P.O. Box 2483, Winterville, NC 28590.

Published in The Daily Reflector -6/15/2008.

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