CMPD charges man in slaying of girlfriend and her unborn child


CHARLOTTE (WSOC) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested a man and charged him with the murder of his girlfriend and her unborn child.

Police arrested 28-year-old Mahmood Bhatti early Wednesday morning following a joint investigation with the York County Sheriff's Office.

On Oct. 19, deputies in York County found a woman's body on the side of Dobys Bridge Road in Fort Mill. The coroner completed an autopsy of the woman and determined that she was pregnant when she was killed.

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At the time, authorities could not identify her.

During the investigation, detectives determined she was killed somewhere else and that her body was dumped on the side of the road.

To help ID the dead woman found in Fort Mill yesterday deputies gave us these images of her tattoos. Please call york sheriff's Dept w/info

-- Greg Suskin (@GSuskinWSOC9) October 20, 2017

The next day, on Oct. 20, CMPD responded to a missing persons call on Via Romano Drive in Charlotte -- the last known address for 23-year-old Natalie Merrick.

Detectives were then able to determine that the body found in Fort Mill was Merrick.

On Oct. 24, investigators determined that the crime took place in Charlotte and developed Bhatti as the suspect.

Police said Bhatti and Merrick were in a long-term relationship and had a child together.

Bhatti was taken into custody at midnight and was booked into the Mecklenburg County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing.

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