A father has been charged after he reportedly stabbed his 4-day-old and 2-year-old daughters to death on Friday.
Authorities discovered the bodies of 2-year-old Serenity Freeman and 4-day-old Genesis Freeman at about 2 a.m. on Saturday inside a car off the side of the road in Raeford, North Carolina.
Both children were stabbed multiple times with a hunter's knife, according to authorities.
The girls’ father, Tillman Freeman III, 30, has been charged with two counts of murder.
Freeman was initially charged with child abuse and child endangerment on Friday after the girls were reported missing because he refused to give authorities his whereabouts, according to reports.
Fayetteville police said the mother of the children went to the hospital by herself and left the girls with Freeman. When she returned home, they were gone, reports said.
Police said that Freeman told his wife he dropped the kids off at an undisclosed location but she did not find them there so she called police.
Freeman reportedly accused his wife of cheating and claimed the children weren’t his and a fight ensued. His wife told police he then took the kids.
"He made allegations that she was maybe involved with someone, that the kids wasn't his," Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Petekin said. “That's the kind of verbiage that took place. A lot of rage, a lot of anger, and unfortunately the kids were the ones that paid for it."
Freeman was taken into custody on Friday afternoon in Hoke County after authorities got a call around 4 p.m. about a suspicious person outside a local doctor's office.
It is not clear whether Freeman told authorities where the bodies were.
Freeman is being held without bond.