A mom slit the throat of her daughter because she was an “evil child” and faces a murder charge, authorities said.
The suspect is now being held in jail on $15 million bond.
Melissa Towne was charged with capital murder in connection to the death of her 5-year-old daughter, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in Texas.
Around noon on Oct. 16, Towne went to a hospital and asked for a wheelchair because her daughter’s “body was hurting,” according to the sheriff’s office. A nurse went to Towne’s SUV and found the victim partially wrapped in plastic and mesh bags.
The child was unresponsive and had a cut on her neck, officials said. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Towne told officers that she killed her daughter at the park and drove her to the hospital, according to the sheriff’s office. However, investigators said they found no evidence the crime happened at the park.
The child yelled out, “I’ve been good,” as her mom strangled her, according to KTRK. Towne told police that she cut the child’s throat before strangling her for about 30 minutes.
"She said she wanted to dispose of the complainant, so she decided to take her to a hospital. The defendant stated she wanted to end the complainant's life because she was an evil child and did not want to deal with her anymore," prosecutors said, according to the report.
Towne was charged with capital murder and had her initial bond set.