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5-year-old slain, parents injured in ‘domestic incident’ at UNC campus housing

This is a street view of several buildings at the Baity Hill student family housing complex at UNC-Chapel Hill.
This is a street view of several buildings at the Baity Hill student family housing complex at UNC-Chapel Hill. Google Streetview

UNC-Chapel Hill Police are investigating a domestic incident which left a 5-year-old child dead and the child’s parents injured just before midnight Saturday.

Campus police spokesman Randy Boyd Young said the weapon involved in the slaying and injuries was a knife and that the child’s parents were a UNC graduate student and his wife, both of whom received medical treatment. Young said “a suspect” is currently receiving medical treatment.

The UNC Police Daily Crime Log described the incident as a murder and non-negligent manslaughter, and said it occurred at 11:45 p.m. Saturday. The slaying was reported to authorities at 12:12 a.m. Sunday.

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Alert Carolina Emergency Notification System notified students, staff and faculty about the incident, saying it occured in a single-family residence at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Baity Hill Graduate & Family Housing complex, which is designed for full-time graduate or undergraduate students with families, according to its website.

The Baity Hill complex is located at 1600 Baity Hill Drive near the Dean E. Smith Center between Skipper Bowles Drive and Mason Farm Road. The residence involved was described as a single-family residence.

Police said there is no ongoing threat to the university’s campus or community.

The extent of the injuries to the parents was not made available.

Police had not released the names of the child or the child’s parents as of early Sunday evening, and provided no other details.

Because the alleged murder happened on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus, the matter is under the jurisdiction of the UNC Police, a Chapel Hill Police Department watch commander told The Herald-Sun Sunday afternoon.

He added that UNC Police would remain the sole investigating agency unless the campus force requests assistance from the Chapel Hill Police Department or other law enforcement agencies.

Another CHPD watch commander confirmed that UNC Police had not requested assistance from CHPD as of 5 p.m. Sunday.

Saturday’s slaying came on the same weekend thousands of Carolina students are moving to campus to prepare for the 2017-18 academic school year that begins on Tuesday.

Residence halls opened to new students on Friday. The are expected to house 8,125 students, including 3,475 freshmen.

The new and returning students were to take part in an on-campus FallFest from 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20 through 2 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21 at Hooker Fields, 203 South Road. The 21st annual back-to-school alcohol free outdoor celebration welcomes students with free food, musical performances and more, including student organizations and recreation leagues encouraging students to get involved on campus.

Also, UNC’s annual Good Neighbor Initiative, which encourages students who live off campus to meet their neighbors and work with them to build community and keep neighborhoods clean and safe, is scheduled to begin with a walk-around at 3 p.m. Monday at the Hargraves Center, 216 N. Roberson St.

At that event, teams of UNC-Chapel Hill students, staff and public safety officers, Chapel Hill police officers and town staff members, community groups and other volunteers will visit students and year-round residents in the Northside, Pine Knolls, Cameron-McCauley, and the southern MLK, North St, Columbia St, Dawes-Coolidge and Davie Circle neighborhoods with information about community services, local ordinances and alcohol laws and good neighbor practices.

Residents also will be invited to the Good Neighbor Block Party at the Hargraves Center on Sept. 14.

Colin Warren-Hicks: 919-419-6636, @CWarrenHicks