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Child safe, father in custody after Amber Alert

Posted June 26, 2014
Updated June 27, 2014

— A two-year-old girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert was safe with authorities Thursday night and her father and alleged abductor is in police custody.

Devine Dashawn Exum, 29, is charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree rape and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Exum remained in the Wake County jail Thursday night under a $650,000 bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for Friday.

Grifton Chief of Police Bryan P. Cauley said the child's mother and her were visiting Exum, the child's father, at River Walk Apartments when the couple got into an altercation around 11 a.m. Thursday. Cauley said Exum stabbed the woman and drove off with their child. Exum is also accused of raping the woman.

An arrest warrant said Exum stabbed the woman with a black handle steak knife.

Just before 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the state Department of Public Safety issued an Amber Alert for Exum and London Exum, 2. 

Less than two hours later, the child was safe and Exum turned himself in to Fuquay-Varina police.

Authorities said the woman had her wounds treated and was released from the hospital, and that they would attempt to reunite mother and child as soon as possible.


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  • wvufan4life Jun 27, 2014

    If guns kill people, I guess now steak knives can too. You can only assume that this is what this father was trying to do. I guess the democrats will want to ban steak knives which means we will need to find another way to cut out meat.

  • 678devilish Jun 27, 2014

    no comment from the NAACP?

    You have that right. They are else where but never concern for the our young black men in North Carolina that continue to commit crime every day even taking a life.

  • 678devilish Jun 27, 2014

    For raping the mother alone, he should get some good time in prison for that. 35 years would be a nice start.

  • 678devilish Jun 27, 2014

    Seeing what her father did to her mother may absolutely have an affect on this child. He was not thinking about the child, when he was criminally abusing and stabbing the mother. I pray justice will be served here.

  • PowderedToastMan Jun 27, 2014

    WHat, no comment from the NAACP?

  • 678devilish Jun 27, 2014

    What kind of father would do this kind of crime right in front of his child? Every time he get a visit from the underage child, there should be a person there to over see everything. To rape, stab. and harm this mother speaks loud volume about this so call man. She need to get a restraining order to keep him away from her and the child and she surely should stay away from him.

  • sweetlyght Jun 27, 2014

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    Less than two hours later he was in Fuquay. I'm not defending the guy, it's just an observation. The altercation happened at 11am. The Amber alert was issued at 5:30pm, less than 2 hours later he turned himself in, in Fuquay. So he never went very far. Had he hit the highway at 11am and heard the amber alter at 5:30 he'd of been farther than Fuquay. That's less than 2 hours outside of Grifton.

  • landonsgrampa Jun 27, 2014

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    He ran. He was trying to get somewhere. If not for the feeling of being cornered by the Amber alert, who knows where he would have gone. How is that not trying to get far?

  • sweetlyght Jun 27, 2014

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    He turned himself in. I don't think he was trying to get far.

  • landonsgrampa Jun 27, 2014

    This guy is the textbook definition of stupid. Just how far did he think he would get? Oh well. Nothing but the best housing that the state of NC to offer from now on dude. Did you accomplish your goal there Einstein?