Dr. Baden Thinks the First Autopsy Was An Error

The medical consensus following a second autopsy, this one lasting 12 hours with several pathologists in attendance, is that a teenager - punched and kicked by guards at a Panama City juvenile boot camp - did not die of sickle cell trait or other natural causes.

The Bay County medical examiner originally ruled Anderson died of sickle cell trait, a usually benign blood disorder many blacks have, rather than the beating.

Official results of Monday's second autopsy have not been released.

But a noted forensic pathologist who witnessed the procedure for the family, Dr. Michael Baden, said he thinks the finding of the first autopsy was an error.

"I work in New York State, as a forensic pathologist appointed by 5 consecutive governors over the last 30 years to look into all deaths that occur in the custody of prisons, jails and lockups in New York State, and of the 6,000 deaths we've had over the past 30 years, not one person died of sickle trait. And I think that should be clear. As far as the mom and dad are concerned, they should hopefully, their son did not die in vain, and some good will come of it, and one of those good things is to look at what boot camps have to offer and what the positives and negatives are” said Dr. Michael Baden, New York State Medical Examiner

Baden says he thinks Anderson "died because of what you see in the videotape." A recording that surfaced after the teen's death shows guards punching and kicking Anderson's limp body shortly after he arrived at the boot camp in January.


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