Thursday, November 27, 2014
"ANSON COUNTY, NC — A man and a young girl are dead in what appears to be a murder/suicide, the Anson County Sheriff's Office says.
"Authorities responded around 5:15 Monday evening to a home on Horne Store Road, about five miles south of Peachland.
"Deputies found the body of a 33-year-old man suffering a gunshot wound to the head in an outbuilding behind the home. Further search of the property uncovered the body of a 2-year-old girl inside the main home, identified only as Kenya by the Sheriff's Office. Officials say her body showed no obvious physical injuries.
"The man has been identified as George Rufus Harris, III, the boyfriend of the deceased child's mother, as well as a wanted sex offender out of Kentucky, according to the Anson County Sheriff, Tommy Allen.
"According to deputies, the last time anyone in Kentucky had contact with Harris was a year ago. They believe he lived her for a few months.
"Six or seven adults live in the house, along with at least four other children—in addition to the deceased toddler.
"The Sheriff described the conditions in the house as `horrid`, and the `worst he's seen in 30 plus years in law enforcement`.
"DSS has been notified and will conduct an inspection on the condition of the home.
"`It's not suitable for anyone, adults or children,` Sheriff Allen said."