STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Investigators in Iredell County are looking for a man they say assaulted a woman and a 3-year-old child.

The investigation began after authorities received a call about an assault that took place on February 25 on Island Sycamore Drive in Statesville.

The victim reported she had been assaulted and burned with a cigarette, and that her assailant knocked a 3-year-old child from her arms.

Investigators say they observed and document injuries to the victim.

Upon further investigation, 29-year-old Rico Lamonte Torrence, of Mooresville, was identified as the suspect. Officials say Torrence has two prior convictions for assault on a female.

A warrant has been obtained for Torrence on habitual misdemeanor assault.

Torrence is also wanted on three outstanding warrants.

If you have any information on Torrence's whereabouts, please call 911, contact the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at (704) 878-3100 or Iredell Statesville Crime Stoppers at (704) 662-1340.

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