Man Faces Charges in Connection with Abduction of 4-Year-Old Daughter in Durham

Man Faces Charges in Connection with Abduction of 4-Year-Old Daughter in Durham

Mitchell Grayson, the man accused of abducting his 4-year-old daughter, Paisley Grayson, made his first court appearance in Durham on Tuesday. Grayson now faces several charges, including aggravated assault, breaking and entering, and injury to real property. The incident prompted an Amber Alert, which was issued on Monday after Paisley was taken from the Hosiery Mill Apartments over the weekend.

According to Durham police, Grayson broke into the apartment and severely beat one of the child’s family members before taking the girl. Late Monday night, Grayson surrendered at Durham police headquarters, carrying Paisley with him. During his surrender, Grayson stated that he received a call from investigators urging him to turn himself in if he wanted a chance to see his daughter again.

In court, an assistant read the charges against Grayson, alleging that he assaulted Blaise Thompson and caused serious lacerations to the skull. Grayson’s mother, Jennifer Joy, pleaded with the judge, expressing her belief that he would bring the child back home. However, Paisley’s mother, Candace Oldham, who was at work when the abduction occurred, stated that she found blood throughout her grandmother’s apartment upon her arrival.

Jon Farlow, Oldham’s brother, defended Grayson in court, claiming that the situation was a setup. Farlow disagreed with his sister’s decision to press charges and stated that Grayson had taken his daughter back to Wilkes County.

The Amber Alert was activated two days after the incident, as Oldham needed to obtain emergency custody and the courts were closed.


Author: CrimeDoor

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