Raeford, N.C. — A toddler and days-old infant reported missing Friday following a domestic incident in Fayetteville were found stabbed to death early Saturday in Hoke County, and their father is charged with their deaths, Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said.

Authorities discovered the bodies of 2-year-old Serenity Freeman and 4-day-old Genesis Freeman at about 2 a.m. inside a car off the side of the road near the intersection of N.C. Highway 211 and Army Road.

They had both been stabbed multiple times, Petrkin said.

Tillman Freeman

Their presumed father, 30-year-old Tillman Freeman III, was in custody in Hoke County early Saturday charged with two counts of murder.

Tillman had been charged by Fayetteville police on Friday with two counts each of child abuse and child endangerment after his children were reported missing and he refused to give investigators information on their whereabouts.

Missing Fayettevile children

Peterkin said Saturday that Freeman was taken into custody in Hoke County Friday afternoon after authorities got a call about a suspicious person outside a Raeford doctor’s office.

When Fayetteville police came to Hoke County to question Freeman about the disappearance of Serenity and Genesis, he only told investigators that they were in Hoke County.

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