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New info released about 5-year-old NC girl who died after being strangled, raped

December 08, 2017

This is news that the public has requested to stay updated on. Our community should be aware of all updates and new information pertaining to the unsolved homicide of 5-year old Paitin Fields case and any other unsolved crimes that occur here in Pender County.

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Lawrence Fennell is a father and husband. He has served with Sampson County Sheriff's Office for 10 years. Fennell is a Pender County native who was born in Brooklyn, New York but moved to Willard, North Carolina, where he attended and graduated from Pender High School in Burgaw, North Carolina.

Fennell plays a vital role in his community. He is an active member of Newkirk Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, which he serves as a Sunday school teacher. Fennell grew up in Willard, North Carolina, where he worked on the farm with his father (Horace Fennell) alongside his mother (Vanese B. Fennell), who retired from Pender County Sheriff’s Office.