Fayetteville woman charged with murdering disabled daughter

Cumberland County News

A 68-year-old Fayetteville woman has been charged with murder after police said she starved to death her 22-year-old mentally disabled adopted daughter.

On Feb. 3, police responded to a home on Flintshire Drive where officers found Tial, 22, and Edna Melvin, 28. 

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Tial Melvin had died from malnourishment while Edna was transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment, police said. 

Edna Melvin has since been released and is currently being cared for by the Cumberland County Department of Social Services.

Both Tial and Edna suffered from a cognitive impairment that left them with the mental capabilities of a child, police said. 

Bertha Melvin, the adoptive mother of both women, was arrested April 30 and taken to the Cumberland County Detention Center where she is being held without bond.

Bertha Melvin was charged and arrested with first-degree murder and two counts of domestic abuse, neglect, and exploitation of disabled or elder adults.

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