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Scotland County woman charged in murder of child

LAURINBURG — A woman has been charged with murder following a nearly two-year investigation.

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday announced the arrest of 21-year-old Monica Worth.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to Scotland Memorial Hospital on Dec. 26, 2020 — the day after Christmas — in reference to a call of an unresponsive child.

The 2-year-old was pronounced dead at the hospital, investigators say.

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation assisted the sheriff’s office with the “extensive” investigation, according to a press release.

Worth, of Laurinburg, was arrested Oct. 19 and charged with a single count of first-degree murder and booked into the Scotland County Jail where she is being held without bond.

As of 8:33 p.m., no booking photo was available and no court date has been made public.

State records show Worth has no current pending charges or prior convictions in North Carolina.


All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Note: This story has been changed to correct a date. 9:42 p.m. 10-19-22

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