A woman is dead after police said she was severely beaten by her boyfriend.

It happened at a home on Tapp Farm Road in Duplin County near Beulaville on Monday. 45-year-old Leota Chaney was taken Lenoir Memorial Hospital. She had been admitted by her live in boyfriend, 44-year-old Jesus Cortez. Chaney was suffering from severe head trauma. She later died from her injuries.

Jesus Cortez has been arrested and charged with one count of open murder.