North Carolina Mom Shot, Toddler Rescued After Abduction: Police

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A North Carolina man is in custody after allegedly shooting the mother of his daughter Friday and then abducting the child, police said.

Devon Anthony Whaley, 24, is facing attempted murder charges. He was arrested Saturday after a traffic stop and the toddler was found safe inside his vehicle.

The shooting happened at about 7:30 p.m. ET in a residential area in Youngsville, according to NBC affiliate WRAL. The mother, who was not identified, attempted to flee the scene in her car, but crashed less than a mile away.

The mother, who was not identified, was in intensive care, Youngsville Police Chief Daren Kirts told NBC News. Whaley has a history of domestic violence, he added.

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