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Sheriff: Father walked into sheriff's office and confessed to killing his 15-year-old daughter

Sheriff: Father walked into sheriff's office and confessed to killing his 15-year-old daughter
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Sheriff: Father walked into sheriff's office and confessed to killing his 15-year-old daughter
Warning: Details in this article are disturbing A North Carolina father walked into the Union County Sheriff's Office Sunday and told the dispatcher that he had killed someone, the sheriff's office said.The victim was his daughter.Joshua Lee Burgess, 32, told the dispatcher he was there to turn himself in after killing someone in his Monroe home, about 20 miles southeast of Charlotte, according to a news release from the Union County Sheriff's Office.The dispatcher began searching for his name, but he stopped her. "He said, ‘You're not going to find my name. I just killed someone,'" Tony Underwood, chief communications officer for the Union County Sheriff's Office, told WSOC. "At that point, the red flags started to go off."The sheriff's office identified the victim as Burgess' daughter, 15-year-old Zaria Joshalyn Burgess, who had been visiting his home over the weekend, the release said.Officials said in court Monday that Burgess strangled the teen before slitting her throat, CNN affiliate WSOC reported. Fox 46 reported that Burgess is accused of raping the teen before killing her. "It's just pure evil," Underwood said. A reporter for the news station said there was a gasp when the allegations were detailed by officials in court. “The details of this murder are indescribable. Every officer and detective involved in this case is feeling the effects of what happened to this child. There is no logical answer to explain why this man did what he is accused of doing. Our hearts and prayers are with Zaria’s mom and her family," Sheriff Eddie Cathey said.Zaria's cousin Dytaysha Wadsworth described the teen to WSOC as friendly."She was the type of kid to come in a room ... or in a house and say, 'Hey everybody' -- Just wanting to make everybody smile," Wadsworth told the affiliate.Wadsworth is struggling to understand why her cousin was killed, WSOC reported."She was so young and nobody deserves to leave this world like that," Wadsworth said, according to the news station. "Especially by someone they thought was gonna protect them and be there for them."Burgess was given a court assigned attorney and is scheduled to make his next appearance in September, WSOC reported.Burgess is charged with first-degree murder, statutory rape of a person 15 years of age or younger, first-degree statutory sex offense, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

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A North Carolina father walked into the Union County Sheriff's Office Sunday and told the dispatcher that he had killed someone, the sheriff's office said.

The victim was his daughter.

Joshua Lee Burgess, 32, told the dispatcher he was there to turn himself in after killing someone in his Monroe home, about 20 miles southeast of Charlotte, according to a news release from the Union County Sheriff's Office.

The dispatcher began searching for his name, but he stopped her.

"He said, ‘You're not going to find my name. I just killed someone,'" Tony Underwood, chief communications officer for the Union County Sheriff's Office, told WSOC. "At that point, the red flags started to go off."

The sheriff's office identified the victim as Burgess' daughter, 15-year-old Zaria Joshalyn Burgess, who had been visiting his home over the weekend, the release said.

Officials said in court Monday that Burgess strangled the teen before slitting her throat, CNN affiliate WSOC reported. Fox 46 reported that Burgess is accused of raping the teen before killing her.

"It's just pure evil," Underwood said.

A reporter for the news station said there was a gasp when the allegations were detailed by officials in court.

“The details of this murder are indescribable. Every officer and detective involved in this case is feeling the effects of what happened to this child. There is no logical answer to explain why this man did what he is accused of doing. Our hearts and prayers are with Zaria’s mom and her family," Sheriff Eddie Cathey said.

Zaria's cousin Dytaysha Wadsworth described the teen to WSOC as friendly.

"She was the type of kid to come in a room ... or in a house and say, 'Hey everybody' -- Just wanting to make everybody smile," Wadsworth told the affiliate.

Wadsworth is struggling to understand why her cousin was killed, WSOC reported.

"She was so young and nobody deserves to leave this world like that," Wadsworth said, according to the news station. "Especially by someone they thought was gonna protect them and be there for them."

Burgess was given a court assigned attorney and is scheduled to make his next appearance in September, WSOC reported.

Burgess is charged with first-degree murder, statutory rape of a person 15 years of age or younger, first-degree statutory sex offense, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.