Pender Co. deputies investigate after 5-year-old girl dies from assault


PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A 5-year-old child has died from her injuries following an assault earlier this week in Watha.

Pender County Sheriff’s Office say Monday at approximately 6 a.m., deputies were contacted by medical staff at Pender Memorial Hospital regarding a 5-year-old girl who was present in the Emergency Room with injuries consistent with an assault.

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According the incident report, the victim had been strangled and raped.

The child was in critical condition. She died as a result of her injuries Wednesday.

The case is being investigated as a homicide. No one has been arrested in connection to the assault at this time.

Meanwhile, deputies are also investigating after a Willard woman shot herself and her 14-year-old son late Thursday.