Durham County Man Charged In 4-Year-Old's Death

A Durham County man faces charges of smothering his 4-year-old son to death and trying to kill his two other children.

Multiple media outlets reported Wednesday that Joseph Mitchell is in Duke Hospital, recovering from self-inflicted stab wounds.

The Durham County Sheriff's Office says the 46-year-old Mitchell will face charges of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.

Mitchell and his family lived in a community near the Durham and Orange county line.

A sheriff's lieutenant says the motive is not yet clear.

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