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.