Recovery a struggle for teen stabbed by predator

A missing Valrico teenager who police say was found stabbed by a convicted sex offender in Louisiana is recovering after a round of surgery on Tuesday.

On a Facebook page set up by the family, 16-year-old Ashley Lyon's mother says her daughter had to undergo the operation after doctors found a blood clot in the teen's leg on Monday night.

On Wednesday morning, Ashley's mom gave an update, saying the surgery "went fine," but that Ashley had to be intubated and sedated again, as she was struggling to breathe on her own. Doctors "think she may have pneumonia too because she keeps running fevers and last night she was burning up," her mom wrote.

Ashley ran away from home on June 11 and was missing until a cashier at a Louisiana truck stop store recognized her and 41-year-old Steven Patrick Myers, when they purchased a pack of cigarettes.

The cashier alerted police and a chase ensued along Interstate 10. About 40 miles later, the truck Myers was driving caught fire in Lafayette, forcing him to stop.

Myers allegedly stabbed Ashley, exited the truck and stabbed himself before being apprehended by Lafayette Police officers using a Taser stun gun and police dog.

Inside the truck, police found Ashley, who had been stabbed 10 times. She remains hospitalized in Lafayette.

Myers, a convicted sex offender from Plant City, faces charges in Louisiana for attempted first-degree murder and aggravated criminal damage to property for deliberately crashing into a Louisiana State police vehicle. He also faces charges in Florida of interference with child custody, attempted sexual activity with a minor and traveling to meet a minor.

He was released from the hospital and remains jailed in Louisiana.


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