Girl, 5, begged mum ‘I’ve been good’ before she was ‘strangled and stabbed’

Melissa Towne confessed to killing her five-year-old daughter in the woods (Picture: Tomball Police Department/Facebook)

A mother admitted to murdering her five-year-old daughter as she pleaded, ‘I’ve been good!’

Melissa Towne, 37, called her daughter ‘evil’ and said she decided to kill her in the woods because she ‘didn’t want to deal with her anymore’, according to court documents.

Towne drove to a hospital in Tomball, Texas, and had her daughter wrapped in a laundry bag in the passenger seat. The girl was bruised on her face and neck and her throat was slit with a knife similar to one that was later found in Towne’s pocket.

Police questioned Towne, who said her daughter pleaded, ‘I’ve been good!’ as she strangled her at Spring Creek Park woods. Towne said she told her daughter not to ‘fight her’.

Melissa Towne said she didn’t want to deal with her daughter anymore (Picture: Facebook)

Towne then cut her daughter’s throat, and when she did not die, put a mesh laundry bag over her head for 30 to 45 minutes to suffocate and strangle her, court documents state.

When she arrived at the hospital, Towne told staff that her daughter had body pain and asked for a wheelchair. The girl was pronounced dead within minutes and investigators saw slits on her neck.

‘She said she wanted to dispose of the complainant, so she decided to take her to a hospital,’ prosecutors said in court, according to .

Investigators did not find signs of the murder at the park.

Melissa Towne has been charged with capital murder (Picture: Tomball Police Department/Facebook)

Towne was charged with capital murder after her confession on Sunday. She was booked into Harris County Jail.

On Monday, Towne waived her right to face a judge. Her bond was set at $15million.

In court, it emerged that Towne does not have legal custody of the girl. It was not immediately known why she was looking after the girl.

Towne has three other children aged two to 18 who are ‘safe and accounted for’.

The mother has a criminal history that includes assault, vandalism and trespassing.


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