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Man Releases Toddler Unharmed

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James Turner
RALEIGH — A 33-year-old Wake County manreleased his 18-month-old daughter unharmed Friday afternoon then slashedhis wrist after holding authorities at bay for more than seven hours.

Soon after the girl was released, deputies raided the home and tookJames Turner into custody after a brief struggle. He was treated for hiswrist wound and was in jail by nightfall.

Authorities were called to the home at 5412 Amsterdam Place about 6:30a.m., after receiving a report about a domestic dispute. Neighbors saidthey saw James Turner chasing his wife, Vicky, with a knife. Authoritiessaid she was apparently taking a shower when she was attacked. She suffered cuts to her hand which required stitches.

When deputies arrived, Turner was inside the house with his daughter,Christian, and he refused to come out. He allowed authorities to pass milkto the child by raising it up to a second-story window with a stick.

According to court records, Turner was arrested at his house July 2and charged with first-degree sexual offense. He was charged withstatutory sex offense on July 13. Jail records showed that Turner had been released from jail last Sunday.

Turner was charged with two counts of kidnapping and one count each ofsecret assault and attempted murder. His bail was set at $5.5 million.

,KerrieHudzinski, andBrianShrader

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