Family Defends Laurel County Woman Accused Of Murdering Granddaughter

Laurel County officials and the family of Melissa Worstell, the woman accused of murder in the death of Ivy, her six-month-old granddaughter, disagree on a few things.

Worstell went before a judge in a Laurel County courtroom Tuesday for a car wreck that happened on December 1.

The car Worstell was driving went off Parker Road, hit a culvert, flipped over and finally hit a utility pole, according to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators said after the crash Worstell tried to swallow a piece of a cigarette pack that contained 5 and a half white pills and a crushed blue pill.

According to deputies, she stated she had taken Neurotin and Methadone earlier that day.

Worstell’s aunt, Brenda Jones, said Worstell had a prescription for Neurotin. Jones also said she did not believe Worstell was under the influence of other drugs.

Jones also said there was a car seat inside the vehicle.

A sheriff’s deputy said there was a car seat in the front seat facing forward. That deputy also said a child safety seat should be placed in the back seat, facing backward.

Worstell’s case was waved to the grand jury. That court appearance is set for December 19.

Jones asked for prayers for the family.

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