Toddler Found Dead On Porch Identified as Landyn Michael Melton

MORGANTON, NC – The toddler found dead on a pourch has been Identified as Landyn Michael Melton by his family on Monday.

The little boy was found laying on the front porch of his home last Wednesday morning in below freezing temperatures.

“The entire neighborhood. We’re just devastated,” explains next door neighbor Judy Hensley.

A passing driver called 911 around 7:45 Wednesday morning after spotting boy outside the home on Hopewell Road.

Hensley came outside just after police arrived.

“I saw the little fellow on the porch and they told me he was deceased,” she says.


Police found the front door open but the storm door was closed.

Inside they found the boy’s mother and her boyfriend.

“(Deputies) beat on the door. Woke them up. They were asleep,” explains Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant.

He says the two are being cooperative and investigators are still working to determine how the child could have gotten outside.

“It may be purely accidental or it could turn into a homicide,” Whisenant says.

On Facebook, numerous individuals have poured out their condolences for the family, yet others have not been so kind.

Brent Basinger, a family member, stated “I am the one the little boy called paw paw. Landyn Michael Melton was a very sweet boy, one look into his eyes and you would be in love. Lots of people on Facebook have said some good things and bad things. I just wish that anyone that comments about this will remember that a little angel is gone and focus on that part only. We the family are lost and grieving so please think before you reply with negative comments and thank all for the prayers and support.”

A graveside service for Landyn will be held at 1 pm, Monday March 20 2017, at Burkemont Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Eddy Bunton officiating. A celebration of Landyn’s life will be held in the church sanctuary at 2pm.