GASTONCOUNTY, N.C. -- A Mount Holly man is behind bars after authorities say he kidnapped and assaulted the mother of his child.

On Tuesday, Gaston County Police responded to the 1000 block of Cherry Tree Court in the Dallas/Cherryville area in reference to a missing person.

Police say evidence at the scene indicated a woman and her 3-year-old child may have been assaulted and taken against their will. Further investigation revealed a history of domestic violence from the child's father, Richard Yates Dagnen, police say.

Gaston County Police and Mount Holly Police located and arrested Dagnen in the 200 block of Tomberlin Road in Mount Holly.

The woman, who was suffering from non-life threatening injuries, and her uninjured child were located at the scene.

Dagnen is charged with first-degree kidnapping, felony breaking and entering, assault inflicting serious bodily injury and assault inflicting serious bodily injury with a minor present.

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