Callers to 911 – seeking help for a 13-year-old boy who authorities say was tied to a tree for two nights – didn't answer a dispatcher when asked what the teen was doing before he stopped breathing.
“Our little boy stopped breathing,” a woman tells the dispatcher during a 911 call released Tuesday. Later she pleads, “Please hurry. Please hurry.”
The dispatcher repeatedly asks the woman and later a man what the child was doing before he stopped breathing. Neither responded. The man said the boy did not have any medical problems. Toward the end of the call, neither responded to repeated questions from the dispatcher as they apparently performed CPR on the teen.
Tyler McMillan, 13, later died at a hospital. Prosecutors have charged his parents – 41-year-old Brice Brian McMillan and 36-year-old Sandra Elizabeth McMillan – with murder and felony child abuse.
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The Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office released the recording Tuesday, but did not confirm whether they believe the man and woman speaking are the McMillans.
The Sheriff's Office has said Brice McMillan told a deputy the teen was tied to a tree and forced to sleep outside last Tuesday for disobedience. The teen was released Wednesday morning, but again tied up that night for bad behavior, authorities said. The boy's stepmother found him the following afternoon, authorities said.
Arrest warrants said the child sustained “bruising to the wrist, cuts to entire body, missing flesh from buttocks, results from being tied to a tree for approximately 18 hours.”