Harnett County sheriff calls killing of baby, 2 women an ‘unspeakable, monstrous act’

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SANFORD, N.C. (WNCN) — A Harnett County man accused of killing his infant and the mother of his baby, along with her adult sister during a triple homicide Friday, made his first court appearance Monday morning.

Kareem Taylor, 24, stood in front of a judge with a swollen, black eye and was denied bond. He’s charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

In a press conference, Sheriff Wayne Coats said Taylor killed the 6-month-old baby he shared with the baby’s mother, Jocelyn Perkins, 22. Perkins’ sister, Jasmine Perkins, 20, was also slain.

The victims and Taylor lived in the Forest Manor Drive home where the killings happened, officials said. It is being treated as a domestic incident.

The sheriff said this case has been so trying on investigators that they’re speaking with professional counselors to try and cope.

“In the 24 years I’ve been doing this, this is the most unspeakable, monstrous act that I have witnessed,” said Coats.

Taylor was on the run, but was apprehended Saturday night thanks to an anonymous tip, authorities said. Taylor was found around 11 p.m. Saturday at 207 Constitution Way in Cameron, deputies said.

He was wanted on three counts of first-degree murder for Friday’s triple homicide.

A second minor survived, a 3-year-old girl, Coats said. She is believed to be a relative of the victims. The discovery was made around 6:27 p.m. on on Friday. Coats said he believes that the murders occurred the same day.

Coats said a neighbor returned to the home off of Forest Manor Drive to find a body, then 911 was called. Responding deputies found the other two bodies.

The home has a Sanford address, but is in the county.

The second minor was believed to be unharmed and talked with investigators Friday night.

The family started a GoFundMe page to pay for the funeral and memorial.

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