Heavily pregnant Melanie Powers 36, was scheduled to undergo a C-section and welcome her daughter this week in Macon, Georgia
On Sunday her 19-year-old step-daughter, Passion Watkins, allegedly shot her from a point-blank range in bed
Passion Watkins, who the victim reportedly had taken in, saving her from an abusive father also tried to strangle the victim’s 11-year-old son,’
Following her arrest sitting on a park bench Sunday, Passion Latrice Watkins was charged with malice murder, aggravated assault, cruelty to children and feticide
The 11-year-old boy ran from the home to get help after he was awakened by his step-sister assaulting him and his mother
Watkins is also charged with attempting to strangle her step-brother
Passion Watkins, [left], has been charged with malice murder, aggravated assault, cruelty to children and feticide in the killing of her step-mother, Melanie Powers, 36 [right], on Sunday in Macon, Georgia
Authorities in Bibb County, Georgia have arrested a 19-year-old girl who was accused of shooting dead her pregnant stepmother and attacking her 11-year-old stepbrother on Sunday at their home in Macon.
Deputies from the county sheriff’s office were dispatched to a home in the 1000 block of Radio Drive just before 6.40am and found 36-year-old Melanie Powers in bed dead from a gunshot wound to the head.
The victim’s 11-year-old son reportedly, ran from the home to get help after he was awakened by his step-sister, Passion Watkins, assaulting him and his mother.
Heavily pregnant Melanie Powers [left], was scheduled to undergo a C-section and welcome her daughter this week. Her 19-year-old step-daughter, Passion Watkins, [right], allegedly shot her from a point-blank range on Sunday
Following up on leads, deputies tracked down Watkins sitting in a park on Pansy Avenue just before 6pm Sunday.
Following an interview with investigators, the 19-year-old was booked into the county jail on charges of malice murder, aggravated assault, cruelty to children and feticide, stemming from the death of Powers’ unborn daughter.
The victim’s son was taken to a hospital to be treated for non life-threatening injuries. He was later released into the custody of family members.
A friend of Powers with a purported knowledge of the incident described Watkins in a Facebook post as ‘the face of evil,’ saying that she murdered ‘an amazing person’ who took her into her home to save her from her abusive father, and who loved the girl as if she were her own child.
Hours later deputies arrested double-homicide suspect Passion Watkins in a park in Macon, Georgia, on Sunday evening, acting on a tip
Melanie Leigh Bongiorno also revealed in the status update that Powers was due to undergo a scheduled Cesarean section within three days week and welcome her baby daughter.
Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones corroborated that information, telling 41NBC that Powers was eight-months pregnant and scheduled for a C-section this week.
According to Bongiorno, Watkins shot her step-mother from a point-blank range and attempted to strangle her 11-year-old step-brother, who had lost his biological father to diabetes six years prior.
‘I hope Passion Watkins from Macon, Ga gets the death penalty for what she did!’ Bongiorno wrote. ‘This is horrible, and the worst kind of evil there is!!’