Man charged after 19-year-old woman beaten to death in Stanly County

Stanly County sheriff says 19-year-old woman critically injured after severe beating

ALBEMARLE, N.C. — Deputies have arrested and charged a man after a woman, who was dropped off in critical condition at a Stanly County hospital, died.

The Stanly County Sheriff's Office said 19-year-old Taylor Liles appeared to have been severely beaten.

She was dropped off shortly before noon on Saturday at Carolinas HealthCare System Stanly in Albemarle. She was then flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where she died Sunday from her injuries.

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Stanly County Sheriff Jeff Crisco told Channel 9 deputies arrested LeQuinton Melton and charged him with first-degree murder.

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Melton

(LeQuinton Melton)

Crisco said the assault happened at Melton's home and he drove Liles to the hospital Saturday morning.

This is the first murder of 2019 investigated by the Stanly County Sheriff's Office.

This is an ongoing investigation. Check back with wsoctv.com for more information.