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SC woman charged with murder; pregnant teenager stabbed multiple times

SC woman charged with murder; pregnant teenager stabbed multiple times
SC woman charged with murder; pregnant teenager stabbed multiple times

South Carolina state police have charged a Barnwell woman with the murder of a pregnant teenager who was reported missing in February.

The deceased victim, Maylashia Hogg, who was 40 weeks pregnant, was stabbed multiple times, according to a July 1 press release from the SC Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

SLED charged Jacqueline Reid, 62, of 31 Perry Street, Barnwell, on Monday, July 1, with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 17-year-old Hogg and her unborn child. Reid was booked into the Barnwell County Detention Center. According to online court records, Reid is scheduled to make her first appearance in Barnwell County court on Aug. 26, The (Barnwell) People Sentinel reported Tuesday. It is unclear who is representing her.

Hogg was found dead on Feb. 18 in Barnwell, about 78 miles southwest of Columbia and about 42 miles northwest of Hampton. Her body was found on the same street and near Reid’s home, SLED said.

At the time of her death, Hogg was pregnant with a baby girl, whom she planned to name London Charity after her late mother.

USA Today reported in May that Barnwell police said she was last seen between February 6 and 8. Several local news outlets reported that the teenager was scheduled to go into labor on February 13, just one day before she was reported missing.

Police found Hogg’s body in a ditch at the edge of the woods, USA TODAY reported, citing local television station WRDW. The Barnwell County coroner’s office identified her remains and ordered an autopsy.

According to arrest warrants and SLED affidavits, Reid is believed to have killed Hogg on or about February 8 in an area of ​​Barnwell near the intersection of Perry and Main Streets.

The arrest warrants state that Reid killed Hogg by “stabbing her multiple times with a sharp weapon.”

According to SLED, a search warrant for Reid’s home found forensic evidence of the crime.

An autopsy confirmed the death was a homicide caused by “multiple sharp force trauma and multiple stab and cut wounds,” the SLED affidavits said.

SLED declined to comment on the relationship between Reid and Hogg or the possible motive or circumstances of the murder.

Barnwell Police asked SLED to take over the investigation on February 18 when the victim’s body was found.

On March 22, SLED distributed a national press release announcing the creation of a hotline for tips on the Hogg case.

The case attracted widespread public and media attention, and sparked criticism over whether law enforcement had done enough to locate Hogg during her disappearance and investigate her murder.

In its press release, SLED stated that its investigation involves “a team of people working tirelessly together to find answers.”

This team includes specialists from the SLED Special Victims Unit (SVU), as well as scientists from the SLED Forensic Services Lab, SLED regional agents from the Low Country Investigative Unit, SLED Crime Scene Unit, SLED Behavioral Science Unit, SLED Computer Crimes Unit, SLED Victim Services, Fusion Center and SLED K9’s, as well as law enforcement and community partners including the Barnwell Police Department, Barnwell County Sheriff’s Office, Barnwell County Coroner’s Office, Barnwell County Fire Department, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services, the release states.

“No matter where you live, no matter where you come from, everyone in this state is entitled to the same quality of law enforcement,” said SLED Chief Mark Keel. “Every case is important and every victim is entitled to justice.”

The 2nd District Attorney’s Office will prosecute the case.

SLED states that the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should call the MAYLASHIA HOGG TIP LINE: (803) 896 – 0281 or email SLED at [email protected].

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