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Man charged with kidnapping, assaulting toddler

Posted November 13, 2009

— The Hoke County Sheriff's Office charged a Raeford man with kidnapping and assaulting a toddler after he fought with her mother Wednesday.

Investigators said that Daronlo Lamont Billinger, 31, of 119 Owl Court, Lot 69, had an argument with the toddler's mother at his house, then assaulted her. Billinger took the 22-month-old girl and told her mother that if she called authorities, he would break the girl's neck, authorities said.

The mother called 911 and said she last saw Billinger taking her child into the woods.

A short time later, deputies searching for the child spotted Billinger near his house, authorities said. He fled into the home, where deputies arrested him and found the girl in a rear bedroom.

Investigators said the toddler had serious injuries to her face, head, back and legs. She was taken to a local hospital.

Billinger was charged with first-degree kidnapping, felony child abuse inflicting serious injury, assault on a child under 12 years old and assault on a female. He was being held in the Hoke County Jail Thursday under a $100,000 secured bond.

Billinger has a lengthy criminal record dating to 1995 and has been convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a female and criminal domestic trespass, according to state Department of Correction records.


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  • pebbles262004 Nov 16, 2009


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  • whatelseisnew Nov 13, 2009

    Put him in general population and let it be known he molests kids.

  • stateman Nov 13, 2009

    Dragons lady i hope your husband does well when he gets out. But in so many cases, as with this case, it does not happen. This guy has a record of crime going back 15 years. do you feel he needs to be on the streets?

  • ranquick Nov 13, 2009

    What is wrong with these guy this week who want to assult a defenseless child, as far as I am concern they all need to be put away in a deep hole is found guilty of these crimes. It is time to return to old Justice system and stop letting certain groups get away with using the Justice to make them money

  • LOC Nov 13, 2009

    Leave these babies alone!!! Geesh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sssh.. whisper Nov 13, 2009

    There should be a limit.. one time is already more than enough. Honestly, if those who were convicted of murder with out a doubt- meaning there was enough DNA to prove- they should automatically be sentenced to death. Then there would be room for the drug dealers/users and other criminals. Thus, it would also take care of the problems of putting repeat offenders back on the street just to dot the same crime over and over again and to only receive a slap on the hand.

  • lumberman Nov 13, 2009

    Another poster child for the death penalty. Lenghty criminal record. We have got to set a limit on the number of times one can be arrested. Each crime has a point value. Petty crimes lower points. Violent crimes more points. We come up with a standard number for everyone. Whatever the number when you max out you get the chair or the needle. Simple you abide by the law or die. Death penalty does not eliminate crime but it does eliminate repeat offenders.

  • Dragons_lady Nov 13, 2009

    " When you have children, it is not about you anymore teacher-mom"****AMEN!!!!!! raise your child...everything else will come in time...

    "We have got to start keeping people in jail_ stateman"**i hope you mean those that are repeat offenders... my husband is in prison as I type this...yes he deserved punishment..but he doesn't deserve to be behind bars the rest of his life...now if you had've said those that murder..assault....etc..then yes.>I would agree with your statment...but you can't lump everyone in the same pot!

  • stateman Nov 13, 2009

    So this guy has a record dating back to when 17 years old and probably before since juvenile records are sealed. We have got to start keeping people in jail. Everyday we read about crimes being committed by people with records. It's got to stop.