A North Carolina community is outraged today after a man they believe murdered his infant daughter has been released from jail.
On Monday morning, around 2 a.m., Colie Dawkins, 38, was arrested at a convenience store after deputies found Dawkins in the driver seat and an infant unrestrained and unresponsive in a child seat.
The child's mother placed a call to 9-1-1 two hours prior to the child being discovered. The mother says that she initially allowed Dawkins to take the infant to his home so he could spend time with her but, a short time later she became concerned. The child's mother told authorities that Dawkins had made threats to harm the 6-moth-old baby girl.
Dawkins was arrested and charged with unlawful conduct to a child and domestic violence. A judge set his bond at $20,000 bond for the first charge, while a different judge set a $10,000 bond for the domestic violence charge. He was able to pay his bond and has since been released from custody.
Dawkins has not been charged in connection with his daughter’s death as Newberry County investigators are still determining how she died. More charged could be filed against him once the autopsy is complete to determine just how the baby died.
Official records show Dawkins had been previously arrested for multiple charges, including driving under a suspended license, transporting alcohol with a broken seal, and a child passenger restraint system article violation.