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.