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Wilson man charged with murder, child abuse in 1-year-old's death

Posted January 14, 2015
Updated January 15, 2015

— A 26-year-old Wilson man was arrested and charged Tuesday in the death of an one-year-old, police said Wednesday night.

Melvin Eugene McNeil Jr., 26, of “104 Spruce Street SW at 1705 Tarboro Street SW,” is charged with first-degree murder and felony child abuse. He was held in the Wilson County jail Thursday under no bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for Friday.

Officers responded to 104 Spruce Street SW on Jan. 9 regarding the child being in cardiac arrest. The child later died at Wilson Medical Center.

No further information was immediately available.


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  • 678devilish Jan 15, 2015

    People having kids that don't want them and don't have the time to care for them. SOOOOO sad.
    Really you say that with no conviction? How about parentds in their 50 and 60 up who have raised children but the children did not turn out to be angels. Where have you been? Oh, No criminals in your family. No one is perfect. Remember that.

  • Pepe Silvia Jan 15, 2015

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    What, seriously, does voting for Obama have to do with this?

    I voted for Obama and I'm a foster parent who takes in kids who are abused by scum bags like this.

  • johnnymanziel Jan 15, 2015

    Look at this one. Good Lord.

  • lovebelle99 Jan 15, 2015

    Another Obama voter off the streets.

  • Mary Boehm Jan 15, 2015
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    People having kids that don't want them and don't have the time to care for them. SOOOOO sad.

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  • CherryDarling Jan 15, 2015

    Alexia - your ignorance is why people like this think they can (and sometimes do) get away with behavior like this.

  • Naysayer Jan 15, 2015

    It's hard to even fathom that something like this could even happen. Sad, seems like every 3-6 months story like this comes out, "mother's boyfriend leaves child with him, etc etc". Hope this "guy" at minimum never ever walks freely in society.

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Jan 15, 2015

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    You're kidding, right? The kid was abused, SUFFERED cardiac arrest, and died.

  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Jan 15, 2015
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    It's so sad when a child is brought into this world to suffer abuse and death at the hands of an adult. I'm guessing he's either the father of the child or the mother's boyfriend? Either way, it's a despicable act...how can anyone do this to a baby?!