HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) -- Days after embarking on a desperate 1,000-mile bus journey to find his father, a 62-pound teen-ager who was found wandering a Florida town has died.
Chester Lee Miller, 18, died Wednesday, four days after he walked up to a woman's door in a Florida town and asked for help. Authorities said he was being starved by his mother and stepfather.
Miller's mother and stepfather, Lyda Miller, 37, and Paul Hoffman Sr., 38, were charged Tuesday with aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person. Hazleton Police Chief Edward Harry said investigators plan to upgrade the charges to homicide within a week.
Prosecutors said the boy's mother and stepfather confined him to one room, beat him every day, fed him only scraps and didn't let him out of the house to go to school or see friends.
Two other children living in the couple's home were taken into state custody when the couple was charged. They appeared to be in good health, officials said.
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