TAMPA — Ashley Lyon, the Valrico teenager found stabbed after authorities chased and caught the sex offender she was traveling with, is now coping with a blood clot and remains hospitalized in Louisiana.
"I pray that this is it and she can recover now," her mother, Michelle Lyon, wrote in an update posted Tuesday on Facebook. "My daughter has been through enough. Thanks for all the prayers."
Ashley, 16, who suffers from bipolar disorder, went missing on June 11. She was traveling with registered sex offender Steven Myers, 41 of Plant City, who she knew from the neighborhood and had been exchanging hundreds of text messages.
A week after she left, Ashley was seen with Myers by a cashier at a truck stop outside Baton Rouge, La. After a 40-mile police chase, Myers stabbed himself and apparently Ashley before being apprehended, authorities said.
On Facebook, Michelle Lyon wrote that her daughter had been stabbed seven times in the chest and twice in the back. Ashley was on a ventilator until Saturday.
"Since she hasn't had her meds in so long for bipolar, she is hallucinating as well and having panic attacks," her mother wrote Monday morning. "The only good thing is that she doesn't remember accident or stabbing. I will talk to her about it when she is stable and better."
Tuesday morning, she wrote that Ashley was undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot from her leg.
Myers was released from a hospital last week and booked in the Lafayette Parish Corrections Center on charges of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated criminal property damage, police there said. He faces additional charges in Hillsborough County.
Follow updates on Ashley on a Facebook page created to find her when she went missing, called Help Find Ashley Lyon.