NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — A Northampton mother has been charged with the murder of her child.
Agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) served a warrant for first-degree murder Friday to 26-year-old Sherika Danielle Norwood while she was in custody at the Northampton County Jail.
Norwood, of Seaboard, was previously charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury after investigators say her four-year-old son, Rakeem Tyrone Norwood, was found dead at the family home.
The Seaboard Police Department, the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office and the SBI continued investigating Rakeem Norwood’s death. The results of the child’s autopsy prompted the murder charge after consultation with the district attorney’s office.
As a result of the new charge, the magistrate has decided to withhold any bond for Sherika Norwood.
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