Child returned to mom after AMBER Alert, suspect in custody

Suspect accused of stabbing, raping mother of 2-year-old

GRIFTON, PITT COUNTY - Police say a man who raped and stabbed his ex-girlfriend, then took their 2-year-old daughter from Grifton has turned himself in. Meanwhile, the child has been returned to her mother.

According to Grifton Police Chief Bryan Cauley, 29-year-old Devine Dashawn Exum turned himself in to the Fuquay-Varina Police Department in Wake County at about 7 p.m. Thursday. Exum brought his 2-year-old daughter, London, with him.

Fuquay-Varina is about 18 miles southwest of Raleigh, and about 93 miles from River Walk Apartments in Grifton, where Exum took London from Thursday morning, police said.

Chief Cauley said London was reunited with her mother at about 10 p.m. Thursday night. Grifton Police, Pitt County DSS and Wake County DSS helped coordinate the transport of the little girl.

Investigators said it all started at about 11:10 a.m. Thursday, when Exum allegedly raped and stabbed his ex-girlfriend at the apartment complex on River Walk Way.

Exum then allegedly took their 2-year-old daughter, prompting an AMBER Alert Thursday afternoon.

Exum was booked into the Wake County Detention Center Thursday night on charges of first-degree kidnapping, rape, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, investigators said.

Exum is charged with kidnapping not because he took London, but because he allegedly held the child's mother against her will from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, police explained.

Exum has primary custody of the 2-year-old. The AMBER Alert was issued as a precaution for theĀ  child's welfare, said police.

Exum's bond was $650,000. Grifton Police said they are coordinating with officials to bring him back to Pitt County.

Police said Exum's ex-girlfriend is expected to recover.


An AMBER Alert has officially been issued for a 2-year-old girl who police say was kidnapped by her father after the man allegedly raped and stabbed the child's mother.

The AMBER Alert was issued late Thursday afternoon for 2-year-old London Exum. She is described as a black female who is about 2-foot-6 and weighs 35 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.

The accused kidnapper is her father, 27-year-old Devine Dashawn Exum. Police describe the suspect as a black male who is about 6-foot-3 and weighs 200 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

His vehicle is a blue 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis with N.C. license tag number CER-3691, investigators said.

(CLICK HERE: View photos of the suspect's vehicle.)

Anyone with information on the suspect's or the toddler's whereabouts is asked to call the Grifton Police Department at 252-524-4161 or call 911.

According to police, Exum is wanted on charges of first-degree kidnapping, rape, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Investigators said Exum stabbed his ex-girlfriend at about 11:10 a.m. Thursday at River Walk Apartments on River Walk Way in Grifton.

Exum then kidnapped their 2-year-old daughter, London, police said.

"We just want to try to locate [the suspect] and try to locate the child, make sure the child is safe, and that's the first and foremost in our mind right now is making sure the child is safe," said Grifton Police Chief Bryan Cauley.

According to Grifton Police, they were told by the Kinston Department of Public Safety that Exum was spotted driving west on Highway 70 after hitting a vehicle. Investigators said Exum is believed to be driving a blue 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis.

Police said Exum's ex-girlfriend is expected to recover. Refresh this page as new details become available.

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