North Carolina Mom Shot, Toddler Rescued After Abduction: Police

One-year-old Desaree Hopkins.
One-year-old Desaree Hopkins.Youngsville Police Department

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By Elizabeth Chuck

A North Carolina mother remains in critical condition after she was shot and her young daughter was abducted Friday after a domestic dispute, police said.

The toddler was found safe Saturday morning, and her father, Devon Anthony Whaley, was arrested.

One-year-old Desaree Hopkins.Youngsville Police Department

The mother, who was not identified, was in intensive care, Youngsville Police Chief Daren Kirts told NBC News.

Whaley has a history of domestic violence, Kirts said. He has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and violating a court order, according to NBC affiliate WRAL in Raleigh. He is being held at the Franklin County jail on an $850,000 bond, and police said more charges are pending.

An Amber Alert had been issued for their daughter and was canceled Saturday morning.

"We have her. She's fine," Youngsville Patrol Officer Worth Taylor said.

Authorities told NBC affiliate WRAL in North Carolina that an anonymous tip led them to the girl, whom they found with a relative. The same tipster gave them information about Whaley's whereabouts, and police found him driving in nearby Wake Forest.

The shooting happened at about 7:30 p.m. ET in a residential area in Youngsville, according to WRAL. Desaree's mother tried to flee the scene in her car, but crashed less than a mile away, the station said.