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Preacher charged with killing 7-month-old daughter


Lawrence McNeill Dowdy, 52, has been charged with First Degree Murder and Felony Child Abuse in the death of his seven-month-old daughter, Peyton Dowdy, according to the Scotland County Sheriff's Office.


Deputies said Scotland County EMS responded to a call Monday at a home on McNeill Lake Road and found the child dead.


She died as a result of head injuries, officers said.


Deputies added the baby lived with her mother in Lumberton and was visiting Dowdy at the time.


Dowdy was a preacher at a Robeson County church a few years ago, according to officers.


He's being held without bond at the Scotland County Detention Center.

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