Mom accused of slicing five-year-old’s throat ‘thought the woman was evil’

Mom accused of slicing five-year-old’s throat ‘thought the woman was evil’
Melissa Towne
Melissa Towne

A mom accused of killing her five-year-old daughter close to a park as a result of she thought the woman was “evil” has a historical past of psychological sickness, her lawyer stated.

Melissa Towne, 37, was charged with homicide after her daughter Nichole’s demise and is being held on a 15 million greenback (£13.3 million) bond.

She appeared in courtroom on Tuesday, crying throughout a quick listening to.

Towne’s court-appointed lawyer, James Stafford, advised reporters after the listening to she has been identified as a schizophrenic and institutionalised at the least 9 instances as a result of psychological sickness.

“There’s little doubt there’s some darkish demons haunting her,” he stated.

Towne is accused of taking the woman to a wooded space close to a park within the Houston suburb of Tomball on Sunday.

She then allegedly made her get on her knees earlier than slicing her throat with a knife.

The woman screamed and fought earlier than Towne put a bin bag over her head, based on papers.

Towne is accused of strangling her daughter for 30-45 minutes and saying she “needed to finish (her daughter’s) life as a result of she was an evil baby and didn’t wish to cope with her anymore”, paperwork added.

The lady then allegedly took her daughter’s physique to a hospital in Tomball, the place a nurse discovered the woman inside a mesh wash bag on the ground of the passenger aspect of Towne’s automotive.

In a press release, Little one Protecting Companies stated it is usually investigating Nichole’s demise and that Towne has a historical past with the company – although it couldn’t give extra particulars as a result of confidentiality guidelines.

Towne has three different youngsters aged two to 18 who’re protected and had been dwelling with different relations, the company stated.