Boy dead after being tied twice to a tree
A North Carolina couple have been charged with first-degree murder and felony child abuse after their 13-year-old son was tied to a tree overnight twice this week for disobeying his parents. On Thursday afternoon, he was found there unresponsive, his wrists bruised from the plastic ties that bound him. The boy was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead. Brice Brian McMillan, 41, and stepmother, Sandra Elizabeth McMillan, 36, were being held without bail yesterday in the Edgecombe County, North Carolina, jail.