Home is supposed to be a safe place. It’s a place where you can lay your head at night and know that no matter what life throws at you you’re going to be alright. When someone invades that space the trauma from that violation can be hard to shake, harder so when someone you love is kidnapped.

That’s what happened to one family in the early morning hours of July 5, 2017. It was just after midnight when registered sex offender Alexander Jamond Ezell broke into a home in a Halifax County, North Carolina neighborhood. He didn’t take electronics or jewelry, he took the most precious item within the home, a 1-year-old infant.

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According to Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp, Ezell had been living in the same neighborhood as the victim. Tripp says that shortly after the investigation on the missing infant’s whereabouts began they were able to catch up with Ezell hiding in the woods behind his home. The infant was found inside his residence. According to police, what Ezell had done to the baby resulted in charges including attempted statutory rape and indecent liberties counts with a minor.

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In addition to charges related to inappropriate conduct with the baby, he is also facing other charges stemming from the incident including first-degree kidnapping, abduction of a child, first-degree burglary, injury to real property, and resisting arrest. He is currently being housed in the Halifax County Detention Center and a judge has set a secured bond of $505,000.

This isn’t the first time Ezell has been accused of having inappropriate relations with a child. At the age of 13, Ezell was placed on the sex offender registry after he was charged with sexual battery of a 5-year-old. He is due back in court on July 12, 2017.