Crime

Laurel woman charged with murder after wreck that killed her 6-month-old granddaughter

Melissa Worstell
Melissa Worstell

A Laurel County woman has been charged with murder in the death of her 6-month-old granddaughter in a car wreck Monday night.

Melissa Worstell, 46, allegedly was driving impaired when the wreck occurred, according to a news release from Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

The infant was not properly secured in a safety seat, according to police.

Worstell was driving on Esquire Lane about two miles west of London when her 2005 Ford Mustang dropped off the right shoulder of the road, hit a culvert and overturned, coming to rest wrapped around a utility pole, police said.

After the crash, Worstell tried to swallow a packet that contained several pills, and told police she had taken methadone and another drug earlier, according to the news release.

Worstell's granddaughter had been riding in the right front seat. Emergency workers took her to St. Joseph London hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

In addition to murder, Worstell was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, wanton endangerment, tampering with evidence, possession of drugs and possessing drugs that weren't in their proper containers, Root said.

Police arrested Worstell just before midnight Monday.

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