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Petitioning Branny Vickory District Attorney of Lenoir County,NC

Get Justice for Melissa Platt

On October 3, 2008 Melissa Platt was severely beaten by her boyfriend and left wrapped in a blanket on a bed for 6 days with no medical attention. Melissa was found in this state on October 8 at her home only due to a welfare check her mother, Marian Mims, called in. She was life-flighted to Pitt County Memorial where she underwent an immediate craniotomy. She was bruised from head to toe, black e...yes, jaw broken on both sides, brain bleed, blood clot, and strangulation marks on her neck.

She was in the ICU for 9 weeks and passed away from her injuries on December 17, 2008. Her boyfriend claimed the injuries were a result of her falling in the bathroom, however, the doctors said there was no way she could've sustained her injuries from a fall he described. The doctors also found she had old head injuries when they performed the craniotomy.

Her boyfriend told more than one story regarding what happened to her to detectives. Melissa was asked what happened to her, and when she was able to talk she said he dragged me out of the house by my neck, threw me on the ground and hit me over the head with something.

In January 2009, Melissa's mother, Marian, sent a letter to District Attorney Vickory and an investigation was initiated. Marian was told she would be informed when the investigation concluded and a decision was made, but they never contacted her. Marian had to call numerous times before she was finally able to speak to someone in District Attorney Vickory's office. The person told Marian Melissa's boyfriend wouldn't be charged. Marian insisted upon speaking to Vickory and only when she stated she would contact the Attorney General did he call her back. He told her even though he believed her boyfriend did this to her, he didn't feel he had enough evidence to take it to trial. She asked him if he would get charged with criminal neglect for leaving her there for 6 days, and he said that's only a misdemeanor and if he was charged with that he would probably only get probation and if any evidence of murder came out they wouldn't be able to charge him with anything else.

One would think this would be a clear cut case of murder, but her boyfriend has never been charged with anything to this day.

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