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Kingsport woman dies; ex-boyfriend's charge increased to 1st-degree murder

RAIN SMITH, Kingsport Times News • Updated Oct 8, 2019 at 11:05 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — Police reported Tuesday that a woman who was attacked by her child's father on Sunday and left unconscious on the lawn had died.

According to the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, Melissa Mingle, 37, died in the hospital on Monday afternoon. Meanwhile, her former boyfriend, Nathaniel White-Young, 30, remained in police custody with charges increased to include first-degree murder.

Sunday afternoon, neighbors of Mingle found her lying in the yard of her home on Fordtown Road. Responding officers found her unconscious but breathing, while suffering severe head injury and possibly broken bones. She was transported from the scene by EMS for treatment at the hospital. Our partners at the Kingsport Times News have more on this developing story.

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