Doctor speaks out about second autopsy

More tests are continuing on Martin Lee Anderson, but a New York doctor said today: "We all agree he did not die of sickle trait."

Published March 14, 2006


TAMPA - A day after participating in the second autopsy for Martin Lee Anderson, a former New York City chief medical examiner stood with the 14-year-old's parents Tuesday and said definitively that the boy did not die from sickle cell trait or natural causes.

Exactly how he died won't be determined until Hillsborough County Medical Examiner Vernard Adams, who headed the second autopsy, completes more tests. Adams has released no information on what he found during the 12-hour autopsy Monday.

"We all agree he did not die of sickle trait," said Dr. Michael Baden, the New York doctor asked by Martin's family to take part in the second autopsy. "Sickle trait does not harm you."

Bay County Medical Examiner Charles Siebert ruled that Martin died from sickle cell trait and not because of a beating by guards at a Panama City boot camp. Martin's parents disputed that claim, and Gov. Jeb Bush appointed Hillsborough State Attorney Mark Ober to investigate.

"I'm just glad that the truth finally came out," said Gina Jones, Martin's mother. Jones went on to say: "I want the guards and the nurse to be arrested. It's time now." 

On Monday, Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober would only say the investigation will take months to complete.