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Fayetteville father charged with murder

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) -- A Fayetteville man convicted of abusing his toddler in 2004 is now facing first-degree murder charges in the boy's death.

Police say Harold Nathaniel Farris Jr. was arrested Wednesday after a manhunt. It wasn't known if he had an attorney.

Farris was convicted in 2006 of felony child abuse and child abuse inflicting serious injury. State records show he served more than two years in prison and was released in December 2008.

Police said Farris' son had been hospitalized since the abuse and was in a comatose state. The 9-year-old boy died in November.

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