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Helen Reyes, Mother of Murdered 4-year-old, Teghan Alyssa Skiba Charged with Abuse…

July 29, 2010 1 comment

Helen Reyes, Mother of Murdered 4-year-old, Teghan Alyssa Skiba Charged with Abuse..

JOHNSTON COUNTY, NC (WTVD) — Officials have charged the mother of a slain 4-year-old with negligent child abuse causing serious bodily harm.

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Helen Reyes boyfriend – 21-year-old Jonathan Douglas Richardson – was charged last week with first-degree murder in the death of Teghan Alyssa Skiba.

Now, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and prosecutors say Reyes knew the girl was being abused.

“She knew he had beaten the little four year old girl in her presence before,” Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell told ABC11.

According to new search warrants, Skiba was a victim of “forced consumption of alcohol”. The warrants state that she suffered severe physical beatings and assault by biting between July 5 and July 16. The warrant says Reyes had “firsthand knowledge” of this kind of abuse before July 5.

Click here to read the warrants (.pdf)

“This is the worst case of torture of a child and child abuse and neglect that we’ve ever seen,” said Bizzell.

Deputies say Richardson took the girl to the Johnston Medical Center July 16 claiming she fell out of bed. But doctors called authorities when they discovered human bite marks, bruises, cuts, severe head trauma and evidence of extreme sexual abuse.

Richardson was supposed to be caring for the child while Reyes attended military training with the Army National Guard in New Mexico

According to search warrants, Richardson shared the same air mattress with the girl in an outbuilding behind Richardson’s grandparent’s house on the outskirts of Smithfield near Brogden. There was no running water and no bathroom.

Search warrants state Richardson told detectives he “lost it” when the little girl urinated and defecated in their shared bed.

He said he whipped her with an electrical cord.

He also stated he was bipolar and ‘little things set him off.”

Reyes was set to have her first court appearance Friday. Bond was set at $50,000. Richardson is being held without bond in Johnston County Jail.

Respectfully submitted via WTVD ABC Raleigh, NC

Teghan Alyssa Skiba; Wake County, NC…CPS – No Reports Of Abuse Before Girl’s death…

July 28, 2010 Comments off

Teghan Alyssa Skiba; Wake County, NC…CPS – No Reports Of Abuse Before Girl’s death…

Raleigh, N.C. — Wake County Child Protective Services received no reports of suspected abuse or neglect of 4-year-old Teghan Skiba prior to her July 19 death, according to a Wake County Human Services report released Wednesday.

Teghan, who had cuts, lacerations, bite marks, head trauma and sexual assault injuries, died at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Her mother’s boyfriend, Jonathan Douglas Richardson, 21, of 750 Old Sanders Road, is accused of torturing the girl in a Smithfield barn where they were living. He is charged with first-degree murder and child abuse.

Johnston County Child Protective Services did not investigate the case because it did not know the girl was living in Smithfield, according to the report.

“Johnston County had judged that the mother and child’s residence was in Wake County with Teghan’s maternal grandmother.”

Teghan’s mother, Helen Reyes, left the girl with Richardson on July 6 while she went to New Mexico for military training, according to the report.

Richardson took Teghan to Johnston Memorial Hospital in Smithfield on July 16 and initially claimed that the girl had fallen off a bed. He later told a detective that he “became upset” with Teghan for soiling the air mattress where they slept. Hospital workers reported the case to authorities, and the girl was taken to UNC Hospitals.

A Wake County Child Protective Services social worker and her supervisor drove to UNC Hospitals where they were met by a physician who briefed them on Teghan’s injuries. The girl “was not conscious, and the physician was not sure she would live through the night,” according to the report.

The social worker and supervisor interviewed Reyes who reported that she and Teghan had lived with Richardson in the barn on his grandparents’ property for four weeks prior to her leaving for training in New Mexico, according to the report.

A hospital physician reported that an exam on July 19 found Teghan “to be brain dead and that she would be pronounced dead later in the day if a second exam had the same findings,” according to the report. Teghan died later that day.

Johnston County investigators seized an array of items from the barn where Richardson and Teghan were staying, from a 2001 GMC pickup Richardson used to take the girl to the hospital and from the house where Richardson’s grandparents live. The barn, which is on the grandparents’ property, had no running water or bathroom.

Items seized included an air mattress, a condom wrapper, a shotgun, a rifle, ammunition, knives, a camera, duct tape pieces, a green, leafy substance, drug paraphernalia, guitar string and a drop cord, according to a warrant.

Richardson told detectives he “lost it” and whipped the girl with a cord after she urinated and defecated in the bed they were sharing, according to search warrants. He explained that he is “bipolar and little things set him off.”

Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell said the investigation into Teghan’s death is ongoing and that others might be indicted in the case.

“There is the possibility of others being charged. We’ll continue to work on it and go from there, but I will tell you that anybody that had a part directly or indirectly that meets the elements of a crime could be charged,” he said.

Respectfully submitted via WRAL ABC Raleigh, NC

Teghan Alyssa Skiba Tortured and Died…Innocent Child Didn’t Have A Chance In Hell!

July 21, 2010 Comments off

Teghan Alyssa Skiba Tortured and Died…Innocent Child Didn’t Have A Chance In Hell!

Teghan, “a very energetic, vivacious and lovable child” has died at the hands of a monster – no excuses, conditions or ignorance will ever justify her death.

No medical excuses of her alleged killer, no excuses from her mother, Helen Reyes as she had options for the safety of her child – Teghan was her responsibility and no excuses from Richardson’s grandparents;  the barn that Richardson kept Teghan was on their property.

No one can tell me or others that the grandparents did not know of the torture that was happening on their property.  They had no clue, come on!  They couldn’t hear Teghan’s screams and crying from being tortured?  Do you seriously believe that Richardson was silent while torturing, beating and assaulting this innocent child?  Are they deaf?  How could they allow for a child to be kept in the conditions that they knew about.

And, Teghan’s mother had no idea of the conditions in which she left her child?  Again, come on!  And, how could any parent leave a precious child with virtually a total stranger that she RECENTLY MET???

Jonathan Richardson, 21 is now charged with first degree murder and felony child abuse as  4-year0 old Teghan Alyssa Skiba died Monday night.  Teghan died at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill due to inflicted cut, lacerations, bite marks, head trauma and sexual assault injuries.  Richardson is being held WITHOUT bond.

Richardson told detectives that he “lost it” and whipped the girl with a cord after she urinated in defecated in the bed they were sharing (an air mattress).  Richardson explained that he is “bipolar and little things set him off”.   Being bipolar is NOT an excuse for torturing a child to death over a period of a week and a half.  Being bipolar is NOT an excuse for anything.  Who diagnosed him?  Still.. no excuse.

Items seized in the most recent search warrant thus far include an air mattress, a condom wrapper, a shotgun, a rifle, ammunition, knives, a camera, duct tape pieces, a green leafy substance, drug paraphernalia, guitar string and a drop cord.

THERE ARE NO EXUSES………..BOTTOM-LINE FOR ANY OF THEM.  THEY ALL CONTRIBUTED TO THE DEATH OF TEGHAN AND SHOULD ALL BE CHARGED ACCORDINGLY.

Johnston County officials said Teghan was a victim of one of the worst child abuse cases that they have ever seen!

Sheriff Bizzell said, You think about how bad you think it is, and it’s that times 10.  There’s no excuse for it.  It was really just a disgrace to the sanctity of human life for a human body to be tortured like this.  It was just a senseless act of violence.

Let’s lay out a few things:

  • First and foremost, Richardson is an animal, a monster.
  • There was no running water, air conditioning nor bathroom in the barn in which he kept her.
  • Perhaps….Teghan urinated and defecated due to not being able to “hold it” any longer; she was near death due to obvious reasons and was sexually assaulted!
  • Teghan’s biological father is in the Wake County jail on felony drug trafficking charges.
  • Her mother just left HER CHILD with a man that she met recently!
  • Richardson has a criminal record that includes a conviction for simple assault and injury to personal property.
  • If you don’t want your child or cannot take care of your child then be at least responsible enough to seek help so that your child is safe at all times!

I trust and pray that Sheriff Bizzell and authorities do not leave any rock unturned.  This man deserves the death penalty – everyone is sick and tired of these perps getting away and blaming their actions on “I snapped”; having psychological issues when there is absolutely no sense to Teghan’s death.  PRAYING THAT THERE WILL NOT BE ANY TYPE OF PLEA DEAL ON THIS CASE!

Mom and Richardson’s grandparents must be charged as well.  How could they have not known what was happening?  There is no way that they did not, you know it as well as I.

Teghan didn’t have a chance in hell to live a normal, healthy, and loving life.  Her mother was the first to let her down – as a mother myself, there is NOTHING that I wouldn’t do to protect my children.  She did not have to leave this innocent baby with a monster like Richardson.  She had options – there are plenty of loving families that would have welcomed Teghan into their homes and families and loved her unconditionally.  Reyes must be held accountable as well.

For the record……Hell yes I am being judgmental!  You should be too!

Four-year-old, Teghan Alyssa Skiba torture victim has died…

July 19, 2010 16 comments

Four-year-old, Teghan Alyssa Skiba torture victim has died…

JOHNSTON COUNTY, North Carolina – Four-year-old Johnston County Teghan Alyssa Skiba tortured by her mother’s boyfriend died Monday evening.

Teghan Alyssa Skiba was hospitalized on Friday after being severely beaten and tortured by 21-year-old Jonathan Douglas Richardson.

Deputies say Richardson took the 4-year-old to the Johnston Medical Center claiming she fell out of bed. But doctors called authorities when they discovered human bite marks, bruises, cuts, severe head trauma and signs of possible sexual abuse.

Skiba was later air-lifted from Johnston Medical Center ER to UNC Chapel Hill Hospital for further treatment, but died of her injuries on Monday around 6:30 p.m.

Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell told ABC11 earlier on Monday that her condition was not improving and she remained in critical condition.

Bizzell said the abuse likely happened over several days and called it one of the worst cases of abuse his investigators have ever seen.

“The reality is probably 10 times worse than anyone could possibly imagine,” he said Monday.

Richardson was supposed to be caring for the child while his girlfriend, Skiba’s mother, was in New Mexico for Army Reserve training.

On Friday, Helen Reyes returned from training in New Mexico to be at her daughter’s side in the hospital.

But Bizzell said he feels the girl’s mother has some responsibility for what happened because she knew the conditions she was leaving her child in.

Bizzell said the couple was living with the child in an air conditioned barn behind the home of Richardson’s grandparents on the outskirts of Smithfield near Brogden. There was no running water, no bathroom, and just a single air mattress on the floor to sleep on.

Investigators have not charged Richardson’s grandparents with any crime, but Bizzell said the investigation was ongoing and detectives were meeting with the district attorney. He said it’s likely more charges will be filed.

Richardson is now charged with first degree murder and is being held without bond in Johnston County Jail.

Earlier on Monday, Richardson faced a judge in Smithfield first the first time. He was originally charged with felony child abuse with severe bodily injury and held in jail under a $1 million bond.

In the meantime, authorities say further investigation into Skiba’s death is ongoing by the JCSO, Johnston County District Attorney’s Office, and the N.C. Chief Medical Examiner’s Office.

Teghan is now at peace.  Rest Baby Girl, rest.  You have received your wings; no pain, no more tears.

And, now we sit and wonder….why?  How could anyone allow someone to hurt their innocent baby?

There are plenty of good, descent people that want children – if you do not want your child stand up and admit it.  Allow a someone to love your child unconditionally.

Not until Teghan’s death was anything announced that her mother may be held responsible as well for her daughter’s death.

We will follow as everything unfolds – there is so much more to this horrific act by this monster.

No, I do not have anything good to say about him.  And, “his childhood or past” better not be blamed for his actions; because this is bull!

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