BEAUFORT COUNTY -

A Beaufort County man accused of assaulting a child has been arrested in New Mexico.

According to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, 34-year-old William Isaac Whitehurst, of Pinetown, has been charged assault by strangulation and misdemeanor child abuse.

Investigators said they received a report from the Department of Social Services on Nov. 25, 2013 of a child who had been assaulted in a home on Highway 32 in Pinetown.

Whitehurst left the state during the investigation, but was arrested by police in Roswell, N.M., on Feb. 1, according to deputies.

Whitehurst is being held without bond while awaiting extradition back to North
Carolina.