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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.

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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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