Suspect in NC Soldier's Death Was Baby's Father

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) _ Police say the Fort Bragg soldier charged in the death of a pregnant soldier was the father of her unborn child but married to someone else.

Fayetteville Police Chief Tom Bergamine says Edgar Patino, 27, admitted fathering Specialist Megan Touma's unborn baby.

The 23-year-old Touma was seven months pregnant when found dead in a motel bathtub last month near the North Carolina base.

Touma's family lives at Fort Riley, Kansas. In a statement released by Fort Riley Wednesday, Touma's family said it was heartened by the arrest of a suspect in the case. The family also said it appreciated the thoughts and prayers that have helped them cope with Touma's death.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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