NC Man Charged With Killing 4 Year Old Son, Attempting To Kill 2 Other Children

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

A 46-year-old father in Hillsborough, NC is being charged with killing his 4-year-old son and attempting to kill his other two children.

Joseph Mitchell is facing one count of first degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.

Durham County Sheriff's Deputies were called to Mitchell's Thistle Trace home around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Deputies say emergency workers found the 4-year-old boy downstairs. Investigators say he was taken to Duke Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Deputies say the boy died of asphyxiation.

Investigators say Mitchell also tried to kill his two other children before stabbing himself.
Deputies haven't said what led to the crime.

Lieutenant Stan Harris said, "Obviously the mother's very shaken, along with the grandfather of the kid. So it just takes time to let them deescalate so we can get down to exactly what happened."

Deputies say Mitchell underwent surgery and has been stabilized.

Neighbors say the Mitchells are known for being hands-on parents on their quiet street.

"They love their kids," neighbor Ralph Sears said. "He coaches every team that his kids get to play on, and they do things with their daughter. They're real involved with their family."

Deputies say this is a crime that's shaken the community.

"It hurts, especially those with younger children. We're talking about a 4-year-old in this case," Harris said. "That's tragic. It simply is."

Investigators say the two other children were not seriously injured.


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  • by lisa Location: new york on Sep 27, 2010 at 04:10 AM
    we should not comment on what we don't know. those adults could have been sleeping or not home. its a question to ask. Stop judge. only God can do so.
  • by What's really sad is..... on Sep 24, 2010 at 07:19 PM
    that there are only 5 comments on a 4 year old child being killed by his father, while there are over 50 comments about puppies being put in a bag and thrown off a bridge. I totally understand the passion people have for animals, I LOVE my dogs and wouldn't trade them for the world. But for people to have more passion about those puppies, and show that much outrage, and have absolutely nothing to say about a little boy being killed by the one person in his life he should be able to trust......there is something a little bit wrong with that.
  • by Choco gurl Location: Chocowinity on Sep 23, 2010 at 07:35 PM
    I agree with me me ! Please need to wake up! JESUS IS COMING SOON SO BE READY!
  • by wendy Location: goldsboro nc on Sep 23, 2010 at 11:02 AM
    i think this story is kind of strange if he did this where were the two other adults who could have stopped him. i not so sure there is something else going on here i would risk my life to save my kids so what were the other adults doing not to be able to stop him.
  • by me me Location: Ktown on Sep 23, 2010 at 06:44 AM
    The signs of the time are DEFINITELTY at hand....i wish every one would wake up & see it & do something about it called, changing your life style....
  • by david on Sep 23, 2010 at 05:14 AM
    i'm sorry, if you REALLY love your kids you are not going to hurt them. It does not make sense. Obvisouly our world is in sad shape. I really think it is the end of time. . .I never would have said that before.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Sep 22, 2010 at 09:32 PM
    Not to many years ago. We use to hang those who rob a horse? Let justice be served.
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