Ruling on Teen's Stepfather's Death Weeks Away

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011  |  Updated 9:11 AM CDT
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Ruling on Teen's Stepfather's Death Weeks Away

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Teen released into the custody of other family members.

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Tarrant County authorities say it could be weeks before the cause of death is determined for a 47-year-old Fort Worth man who was being held in a chokehold by his 16-year-old stepson.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram said Michael Anthony Heath had been restraining his stepson at the family apartment while the boy's mother was trying to discipline him by hitting him with a wooden stick.

During the struggle, the teen put his stepfather in a chokehold and he became unresponsive.  Police officers arrived and performed CPR until paramedics arrived, but it was too late. Heath was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Child Protective Services is investigating the case.

Authorities are awaiting the results of toxicology tests before ruling on a cause of death. Police said the 16-year-old has been released to the custody of a relative while their investigation continues.

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