NC toddler’s mom shot twice, AMBER Alert sparked after dad flees with daughter

YOUNGSVILLE, N.C.  – A man is in custody and facing attempted murder charges after allegedly shooting the mother of his daughter and fleeing the scene of the crime with the child, which sparked an AMBER Alert, Youngsville Police said.

Devon Anthony Whaley, 24, is facing charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to commit murder, and fleeing the scene of a crime. Youngsville Police said more charges are pending.

Whaley is accused of kicking down the door and shooting Desiree Jaquetta Hopkins twice inside her apartment in the 100 block of Hampton Lane at approximately 7 p.m. Friday. He then fled the scene with his 1-year-old daughter, Desaree Hopkins.

Police arrived at the scene and found the door kicked down and nobody inside the apartment. Desiree Hopkins had fled in the scene in a car and then crashed less than a mile down the road, authorities said. Police quickly realized that Desaree Hopkins was missing.

An AMBER Alert was issued around 1 a.m. on Saturday for the toddler and was cancelled just before 11 a.m.

Police said Whaley and his daughter were located on U.S. 1 in Wake Forest after a traffic stop was initiated at approximately 10:30 a.m. Whaley was taken into custody without incident and Desaree was unharmed inside the vehicle.

The little girl’s mother is currently in critical condition at the hospital.

“It was an excellent feeling knowing we had the child. Child was safe and healthy and we have him in custody,” said Youngsville Police Chief Darren Kirts.

Whaley was transferred from the Youngsville Police Department building to the Franklin County Jail.

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