Sheriff: Children found ‘severely assaulted’ in Panola Co. home, man charged

Dalton Melton, 22
Dalton Melton, 22(Panola County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jul. 5, 2023 at 4:39 PM CDT
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POPE, Miss. (WMC) - The Panola County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) has charged a man with felony child abuse after two children were found “severely assaulted” inside a Pope, Mississippi, home on Monday.

When deputies arrived at the home on Main Street in Pope, they found the children inside suffering undisclosed injuries.

Information was developed that 22-year-old Dalton Melton escaped in a vehicle and was attempting to leave the city. Deputies later found and detained him after a traffic stop.

Melton is charged with two counts of felony child abuse and one count of domestic assault.

He remains in the Panola County Detention Center awaiting his day in court.

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