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Teen recovering from surgery in Louisiana

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Published:   |   Updated: June 26, 2014 at 06:30 AM

Ashley Lyon, 16, is still in a Louisiana hospital recovering from multiple stab wounds and second-degree burns, but she does not remember the series of events that put her there, her mother says in a Facebook post.

The teenager has been in the hospital since June 19, after police found her and Steven Myers, a registered sex offender, in Lafayette, Louisiana. Police say Myers, 41, stabbed Lyon nine times before police closed in after a 40-mile high-speed chase along Interstate 10 in southern Louisiana.

Ashley Lyon still is listed in critical condition and had surgery Tuesday after doctors found a blood clot in her leg, says her mother, Michelle Lyon, in a Facebook post. She is hooked up to a ventilator and heavily sedated. Doctors suspect she has pneumonia because she has been running a high fever.

“The only good thing is that she doesn’t remember (the) accident or stabbing,” Michelle Lyon wrote on Monday. “I will talk to her about it when she is stable and better.”

Her mother has been posting updates to the Help Find Ashley Lyon Facebook page, which her family created a few days after the teen vanished from her Valrico home on June 11. The page has more than 1,800 followers.

“Thank you all for your support and prayers,” Michelle Lyon posted Friday. “It is greatly appreciated. She’s still got a long way to go but with lots of love and prayers she will heal.”

Myers, 41, made his first court appearance Tuesday; a Louisiana judge set his bail at $250,000. He faces charges of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated criminal damage to property. Eventually, authorities said, he will be extradited to Hillsborough County, where the Plant City man faces additional charges of attempted sexual activity with a minor, traveling to meet a minor and interfering with child custody.

Once the Lafayette Police Department completes its investigation, prosecutors there will work with prosecutors in Florida on how to proceed with the case against Myers, said Pat Magee, an assistant district attorney in Lafayette Parish.

Ashley Lyon, who has been diagnosed as bipolar, went willingly with Myers and helped plan their getaway, Hillsborough deputies said. She met him through his sons, who live with Myers’ ex-wife in the same Valrico neighborhood as Lyon’s family. She and Myers exchanged thousands of text messages, police said.

Ashley Lyons did not take her medicine with her, which made her vulnerable to Myers’ “manipulation,” police said.

On June 18, a cashier at a truck stop off I-10 in Louisiana recognized the pair from their photos on national media. Employees called police, which led to the long chase on I-10.

Police used tire spikes to deflate the truck’s tires, but Myers drove on the rims until the truck caught fire and he was forced to stop. Authorities said that after Myers stabbed Lyon, he got out of the truck waving a knife and yelling at police to shoot him. When officers didn’t respond, Myers stabbed himself, police said.

Both Myers and Lyon were taken to a hospital. Myers was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on Friday.

In addition to the stab wounds, Lyon had second-degree burns on her left side and her hair was singed in the truck fire, according to her mother’s Facebook posts. She has been off her medication for bipolar disorder, so she also has been having hallucinations and panic attacks.

“I pray that this is it and she can recover now,” Michelle Lyon posted while Ashley was in surgery Tuesday. “My daughter has been through enough.”

Ebehrman@Tampatrib.com

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