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Southern Pines daycare worker charged with injuring toddler

Posted January 29, 2015

Wendi Jean Hargrove


An employee of a Southern Pines daycare center was arrested Wednesday after a 10-month-old had to be taken to a nearby hospital with a head injury, police said.

Wendi Jean Hargrove, 35, of Aberdeen, was charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury. She was being held in the Moore County jail under a $75,000 bond.

Police said the child was hurt at Humpty Dumpty Nursery, at 1725 Richard St., and was treated at First Health Moore Regional Hospital.

No other details of the case were released.


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  • gmommaopinion Jan 30, 2015

    Everyone is innocent until proven guilty or innocent. We all know that. The evidence will show proof if she did. Meanwhile, lets not call her ugly. That is really not nice. No one can help how they were born not even you. This is where your compassion steps in if you will allow it. When you look into the mirror what do you see. Beauty or a nightmare.?

  • nicholecarpenterisback2 Jan 29, 2015

    You folks are going to be eating crow if the investigation finds she did nothing wrong. I am not claiming that she is innocent, but you people do not know if she is guilty. You simply see an ugly picture, and assume. If she does turn out to be guilty, by all means, lock her under the jail.

  • Edward Levy Jan 29, 2015
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    I am with you. Gender does not make any difference, abuse is abuse

  • HeyHeyHey!!! Jan 29, 2015

    Who on earth would leave a 10 month old child with this woman?? That is the scariest picture I have ever seen.

  • PowderedToastMan Jan 29, 2015

    No details... for all of you know the kid could have banged his head on floor after a fall.

  • rcsser Jan 29, 2015

    Sometimes they really do look like the boogy man uh woman or person. Who knows anymore!

  • Donald Holder Jan 29, 2015
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    Most likely she was working alone in the infant room. If there are only a few babies, she is allowed to care for them by herself.

  • Donald Holder Jan 29, 2015
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    A criminal background is required for employment at licensed day cares. She might not have a record.

  • hdlane86 Jan 29, 2015

    I use to work with this woman and you could always see she was a little off. Never expected this but then again i wouldn't have left my children with her. The part I just think is funny is that she use to work in a major shopping center in southern pines. Trust me alot more people walked by her than they thought. So next time your out take a look who's around you.

  • gmommaopinion Jan 29, 2015

    How can she have done this to the toddler? Where was the other co-workers? Was they not paying attention to what was going on. Something had to have caught their attention. The why's and no answer.