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Woman charged in death of 4-year-old girl, Catawba County deputies say

VALE, N.C. — A woman is charged in the death of a 4-year-old girl in Catawba County, according to the sheriff’s office.

Earlier this week, deputies said they were investigating the death of Hazel Lidey at a home in Vale as a criminal act.

On Friday, they said Chelsea Crompton, a girlfriend of Lidey’s father, has been charged with murder in the young girl’s death. Crompton was taken into custody in Madison County and is being held under no bond in the county jail.

“Our communities have been shocked by the senseless violence that caused Hazel’s death,” said Catawba County Sheriff Donald Brown. “We mourn with the Lidey family as they grieve the loss of their child. Justice for Hazel.”

The sheriff’s office said it was called on Nov. 17 around 2:15 p.m. to Hill Haven Drive in Vale for an unresponsive 4-year-old girl.

According to a search warrant in the case, the original call was for an overdose. But when EMS arrived, they found bruises on the child, the warrant says.

“The child was reported by EMS to have suffered trauma-related injuries, due to the presence of bruising all over the body,” it reads.

Lidey, was flown to a hospital in Charlotte that day, where she died four days later.

Court documents say Lidey’s father and Crompton were at the home.

After announcing Lidey’s death earlier this week, deputies said they were working the case around the clock and were waiting for the medical examiner’s report.

Deputies cut out a section of a wall inside the home where the 911 call came from as part of the investigation, the warrant says.

Friends of the family told Channel 9′s Dave Faherty earlier this week they were devastated by the news and want justice for Hazel.

“Hazel, she was just a breath of fresh air. A beautiful child,” Melissa Caudle said. “She was just happy. I don’t see how anybody could hurt her.”

Crompton is expected to have her first appearance in court on Monday, the sheriff’s office said.

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