Burlington man accused of killing girlfriend and her unborn child in Charlotte

Mahmood Bhatti, 28.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Burlington man is accused of killing his girlfriend and her unborn child in Charlotte, WSOC reports.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested 28-year-old Mahmood Bhatti early Wednesday morning and charged him with murder.

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 at the time of her death.

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

The next day, on Oct. 20, CMPD responded to a missing persons call on Via Romano Drive in Charlotte. This was 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 to the Mecklenburg County Jail.

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