Second Autopsy Finds Beaten Teen Did Not Die Of Natural
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 16, 2006
TAMPA, FLORIDA--A second autopsy conducted on the body of a teenager, who died after he was beaten by guards at a juvenile boot camp, has revealed that he did not die from sickle cell trait, as the first medical examiner had concluded.
"My opinion is that he died because of what you see in the videotape,'' said Dr. Michael Baden after he performed a 12-hour autopsy Monday on the body of 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson.
Anderson's family asked for the second autopsy after Bay County medical examiner Dr. Charles Siebert declared that the boy died from internal bleeding caused by sickle cell trait, a normally dormant medical condition that occurs in about one in twelve black people. Siebert also had said the bruises and scrapes he found on Anderson's body were related to attempts to resuscitate him.
Last month, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement released a surveillance videotape of the altercation between Anderson and guards at the Bay County Sheriff's Department boot camp. The tape shows as many as nine guards restraining the 140-pound Anderson, kneeing him to knock him down and repeatedly striking him. At one point, one of the officers appears to fall directly on top of the boy.
Officers said he failed to comply with their instructions, complained of breathing trouble, and collapsed during exercises on his second day in the program.
The State Attorney's Office is conducting an investigation into the incident, while the U.S. Justice Department is looking into possible civil rights violations.
"Prosecutors: Blood disorder not to blame in death of teen at boot camp" (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
"Teen 'did not die of natural causes' (Miami Herald)
"Autopsy: At least doctor had boys gender right and not much else" (Miami Herald via Osceola News Gazette)
Edited video of incident -- 7 min. 39 sec. (RealVideo)
Unedited video of incident -- 25 min. 10 sec. (RealVideo)