St. Petersburg Times Online: News of Florida
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather
  • Widow of slain teacher sues gun distributor over safety
  • Debate format poses big risks
  • Panel hears 1st testimony on malpractice insurance
  • Surgeon: Wandering teen starved to death
  • Barbara Bush joins son on Florida campaign trail
  • Hundreds of Miami-Dade votes lost, ACLU says
  • Missing girl's caretaker is freed on bail
  • Pro-Israel UF group has sit-in

  • From the state wire

  • Hurricane Jeanne appears on track to hit Florida's east coast
  • Rumor mill working overtime after Florida hurricanes
  • Developments associated with Hurricanes Ivan and Jeanne
  • Four killed in Panhandle plane crash were on Ivan charity mission
  • Hurricane Frances caused estimated $4.4 billion in insured damage
  • Disabled want more handicapped-accessible voting machines
  • USF forces administrators to resign over test score changes
  • Man's death at Universal Studios ruled accidental
  • State child welfare workers in Miami fail to do background checks
  • Hurricane Jeanne heads toward southeast U.S. coast
  • Hurricane Jeanne spurs more anxiety for storm-weary Floridians
  • Mistrial declared in case where teen was target of racial "joke"
  • Panhandle utility wants sewer plant moved to higher ground
  • State employee arrested on theft, bribery charges
  • Homestead house fire kills four children, one adult
  • Pierson leader tries to cut off relief to local fern cutters
  • Florida's high court rules Terri's law unconstitutional
  • Jacksonville students punished for putting stripper pole in dorm
  • FEMA handling nearly 600,000 applications for help
  • Man who killed wife, niece, self also killed mother in 1971
  • Producer sues city over lead ball fired by Miami police
  • Tourism suffers across Florida after pummeling by hurricanes
  • Key dates in the life of Terri Schiavo
  • An excerpt from the unanimous ruling in the Schiavo case
  • Four confirmed dead after small plane crash in Panhandle
  • Correction: Disney-Cruise Line story

    printer version

    Surgeon: Wandering teen starved to death

    ©Associated Press
    October 22, 2002

    PHILADELPHIA -- The surgeon who treated an emaciated Pennsylvania teen who died searching for his estranged father in Florida last month believes that the boy starved to death, according to records provided to defense lawyers Monday.

    Chester Lee Miller, 18, died Sept. 25, four days after he knocked on a stranger's door in Milton, the Panhandle town where he once lived, asking for help.

    Doctors said the teen weighed just 62 pounds after completing a two-day bus trip from his mother's home in Hazleton, Pa., to Milton. Before he died, Miller told police that his mother and her live-in boyfriend in Hazleton had abused him, stopped feeding him, then put him on a bus to Florida to look for his dad, whom he hadn't seen in more than a year.

    An autopsy listed the cause of death as a bacterial infection caused by a ruptured stomach. Prosecutors on Monday gave defense lawyers an opinion from Dr. Robert Althar, a surgeon at Santa Rosa Medical Center in Milton, that the teen's stomach injury was a result of starvation.

    An attorney for Paul Hoffman Sr., the 38-year-old short-order cook charged with mistreating Miller, said the diagnosis is inconclusive because it doesn't reveal why the teen wasn't getting enough to eat.

    Hoffman and the boy's mother, Lyda Miller, 37, have been charged with aggravated assault, a felony, and two misdemeanors.

    Back to State news
    Back to Top

    © 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
    490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
    Special Links
    Lucy Morgan

    From the Times state desk