Texas mother stabbed 5-year-old daughter to death at park, authorities say

Posted at 8:01 AM, October 18, 2022 and last updated 5:11 PM, December 12, 2022

By: Khadeeja Umana

TOMBALL, Texas (KRHD) — A Texas mother has been arrested for the death of her 5-year-old daughter who was allegedly cut and stabbed at a park.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said 37-year-old Melissa White Towne’s child was brought into an emergency room partially wrapped in plastic and mesh bags inside Towne’s vehicle.

This Oct. 16 booking photo provided by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office shows Melissa Towne, a woman accused of murdering her 5-year-old daughter. (Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

“The child was unresponsive,” said Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. “The child had what appeared to be a laceration and possible ligature marks on the child’s neck.”

The child was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Towne admitted to killing her daughter,” said Gonzalez.

The sheriff’s office said it accepted a charge of capital murder against Towne and she was booked into Harris County Jail.


This story was originally published  Oct. 17 by KRHD in Bryan-College Station, Texas, an E.W. Scripps Company.