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N. Carolina Dad Accused of Stabbing Newborn, Toddler

Authorities in North Carolina have accused a 30-year-old man in Fayetteville of stabbing his infant and toddler daughters to death. Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin identified the suspect as Tillman Freeman III, saying the two children were stabbed multiple times with what appeared to have been a hunting knife, local media reported. The bodies of 4-day-old Genesis Freeman and 2-year-old Serenity Freeman were found early Saturday in a car near a wooded area. The children had been reported missing a day earlier by their mother following a domestic dispute with Freeman. Freeman was charged with child endangerment and child abuse in connection with their disappearance, and he later hinted to police during questioning that he’d harmed them, setting off the search for their bodies. He faces two counts of first-degree murder.