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Sheriff: Teen dies after domestic assault

A 19-year-old Stanly County woman has died following an alleged domestic-related assault.

Stanly County Sheriff’s Office said Taylor Liles died shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday at Carolinas Medical Center Main in Charlotte. She had been airlifted to Charlotte from CHS Stanly after being taken there around 11 a.m. Saturday by her boyfriend, Lequinton Orlando Melton.

Lequinton Melton

Melton, 26, of 425 N. Kendall St., Norwood, was initially charged with attempted first-degree murder. The charge is now being changed to first-degree murder, Sheriff Jeff Crisco said.

The assault remains under investigation, Crisco said.