A North Carolina woman was arrested and charged last week with the murder of a 4-year-old girl, according to local police.
Chelsea Crompton’s arrest Friday came after deputies with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office announced earlier last week that they were investigating the death of 4-year-old Hazel Lidey in rural Vale, North Carolina, as a criminal act, according to a press release.
Crompton, who is reportedly Hazel’s father’s girlfriend, was arrested at a family member’s home in neighboring Madison County and is being held without bond in the Catawba County Detention Center.
According to a search warrant obtained by local WSOC, when officers responded to a report of an unresponsive girl on Nov. 17, they were initially responding to a reported drug overdose.
The warrant also stated that when EMS arrived, they discovered bruises on the girl’s body. She was airlifted to a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, and died four days later.
“The child was reported by EMS to have suffered trauma-related injuries, due to the presence of bruising all over the body,” the warrant read.
During their investigation, deputies reportedly cut out a portion of the wall in the house where Lidey was found unresponsive.
“Our communities have been shocked by the senseless violence that caused Hazel’s death,” Catawba County Sheriff Donald Brown said in a statement. “We mourn with the Lidey family as they grieve the loss of their child. Justice for Hazel.”
Friends of the family told WSOC that they were devastated by the news of Hazel’s death.
“Hazel, she was just a breath of fresh air. A beautiful child,” a friend named Melissa Caudle told the outlet. “She was just happy. I don’t see how anybody could hurt her.”