RAEFORD, North Carolina (WTVD) — A man who allegedly stabbed a 2-year-old and 4-day-old child to death after accusing his wife of having an affair went before a judge in Raeford Monday morning.

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Tillman Freeman was escorted into the Hoke County Courthouse under heavy guard. He was wearing a bulletproof vest. Officials said there have been threats against his life.

No cameras were allowed in the hearing where the charges were read.

Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said the 30-year-old argued with the children’s mother Friday while she was in the hospital recovering from giving birth. He allegedly took Genesis and Serenity Freeman to a wooded area near N.C. Highway 211 and Army Road in the Raeford area and stabbed them multiple times.

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“From what our investigation’s telling us, they had a dispute, where (Freeman) allegedly made accusations about the babies not being his, a child not being his or maybe her involvement with someone, and when he took the kids we understand he left in a rage,” Peterkin told ABC11.

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