Raeford, N.C. — A toddler and days-old infant who were 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.

Both children were stabbed multiple times, Peterkin 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. He was jailed under no bond.

Tillman Freeman 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.

Fayetteville police said the mother went to the hospital by herself and left the girls with Tillman Freeman. When the mother returned home, no one was there.

Police said Tillman Freeman told his wife that he dropped the children off at another location, but she couldn’t find them there, either.

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