- Associated Press - Monday, November 28, 2016

MEBANE, N.C. (AP) - An Alamance County woman has been charged after the father of her children died.

The sheriff’s office said in a news release that Michael Darrell Lea died at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill on Sunday.

Ashley Deneen Watlington of Mebane has been charged with second-degree murder in Lea’s death.

Lea had been hospitalized since Friday morning after being found unconscious on U.S. 70 between Mebane and Haw River.

Sheriff’s deputies say they found Watlington at the scene Friday morning. She shares children and a house with Lea.

She had been charged with assault inflicting serious injuries.

Deputies have not said how Lea was injured. It was not known if Watlington had an attorney.


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