DJJ Officials Dispute Autopsy Results

The chief medical officer for the Department of Juvenile Justice says that sickle cell trait did not likely kill a 14-year-old boy who spent time at a Panama City boot camp.

Doctor Shairi Turner spoke to lawmakers about last week's medical examiner ruling that 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson died from hemorrhaging caused by sickle cell trait. That's a benign blood condition that affects one in 12 African-Americans.

Turner told the House Criminal Justice Appropriations committee that she was surprised when she heard that a medical examiner had cited sickle cell anemia as contributing to the boy's death.

A videotape shows guards kneeing and striking the boy who appeared limp while others restrained him during a half-hour encounter.

Anderson collapsed and was taken to a hospital where he died January 6.


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