North Carolina police arrest two wanted in child abuse case

Eric Elvin Melendez & Iris Delia Melendez-Townsend (Photo: Asheville Police Department)

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — Police in North Carolina have arrested two people wanted on charges of domestic violence and child abuse.

Asheville police said it received a report in July of domestic violence and child abuse.

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Detectives assigned to the Buncombe County Family Justice Center began an investigation and, working with Buncombe County social services and Mission Children’s Hospital identified a pattern of criminal abuse dating back to March.

Police have charged 54-year-old Iris Delia Melendez-Townsend of Asheville with five counts of assault by strangulation and misdemeanor child abuse.

Police also charged 36-year-old Eric Elvin Melendez of Asheville with six counts of misdemeanor child abuse.