Man faces judge after allegedly strangling pregnant girlfriend to death
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested 28-year-old Mahmood Bhatti and charged him with the murder of Natalie Merrick and her unborn child.

By Mark Becker, Joe Bruno and Tina Terry, WSOC

CHARLOTTE -- (WSOC) -- Authorities said a pregnant woman found dead in York County was killed by her boyfriend in Charlotte before being left on the side of a road.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested 28-year-old Mahmood Bhatti and charged him with the murder of Natalie Merrick and her unborn child.

Bhatti was arrested following a joint investigation with the York County Sheriff's Office.

Channel 9 learned that Merrick's mother had reported her missing on Friday, the day after deputies in York County found a woman's body on the side of Dobys Bridge Road in Fort Mill.

The coroner completed an autopsy of the woman and determined that she was pregnant when she was killed.

“At that point, detectives realized it was the same person,” said CMPD Capt. Chris Dozier.

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