Thursday 25 May 2017

Father charged with murder of his four-day-old baby and toddler daughter

The children's 30-year-old father has been arrested
The children's 30-year-old father has been arrested

A father has been charged with murdering his newborn baby and two-year-old daughter in North Carolina, police said.

The bodies of four-day-old Genesis Freeman and toddler Serenity Freeman were found on Saturday near an intersection close to the city of Raeford, Hoke County sheriff Hubert Peterkin said.

Tillman Freeman III, 30, of Fayetteville, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Genesis and Serenity Freeman.

Peterkin tells the Fayetteville Observer the children were stabbed multiple times with what appears to be a hunting or survivalist-type knife. He called the crime "horrific."

Before they were found, Freeman was arrested and charged with child abuse and child endangerment. The children were reported missing following a domestic dispute. Freeman's wife was in a local hospital when the children disappeared.

It's not clear whether Freeman has an attorney.

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