Child safe, father in custody after Amber Alert
Posted June 26, 2014
Updated June 27, 2014
Grifton, N.C. — 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.