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Supporters look for answers in attack on Tarboro child

Posted November 10, 2012

— It is unclear what happened the night of Nov. 3 at Chelsey Elane Speight's house. She was babysitting two children for a friend. When the mother returned, her 2-year-old had been beaten beyond recognition.

"It didn't even look like her to me. It didn't even look like her," she said.

The other child was unharmed.

"She told me that a dog did it to my child.  But, when they tested, they said that no dog has been around my child. It was human beings," the child's mother said.

Edgecombe Sheriff's Office Family decries delays in assault investigation

Because the attack included a possible sexual assault, WRAL News is not releasing the name of the child or the mother.

Speight, 20, of 374 Northwoods Country Road in Tarboro, was arrested Sunday on charges of felony child abuse and misdemeanor child abuse. She made her $1,500 bond and was back at home Monday.

The amount of the bond and the severity of the child's injuries brought an outpouring of support for the family and questions for authorities.

The mother said her daughter was given a rape kit at the hospital. The results of that test won't be available for about a week.

Sheriff James Knight, said investigators are still looking into the allegations, but he declined to comment further on the case.

The young victim was out of the hospital, recovering at her grandmother's house.

26 Comments

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  • piene2 Nov 12, 3:40 p.m.

    "So piene2....you mean to tell me if you have kids you would be perfectly fine if a neighbor committed these crimes and only got a $1500 bail and was sitting on their front porch within a couple hours time. 4DukeTillDeath"

    Well considering that your question is meaningless since we are not talking about a convicted criminal and because I know that many people are accused of crimes and are often found not guilty I would have no problem at all with them sitting on their front porch or for that matter, sitting on my front porch.

  • piene2 Nov 12, 3:33 p.m.

    "I don't think it's so difficult to understand that bail/bond is not punitive. But $1500 bail is a joke! Make it harder for the bail/bond to come by, by increasing the amount. The implications/condescending tone that all the folks commenting are unable to grasp the concept and therefore needed you to break it down for them is a bit over the top.
    relay4life4acure"

    Not over the top at all. As a matter of fact I believe my explanation is still a bit too hard for some to grasp so how about a bit more simplification? They not yet find guilt so they not more guilt than you or me. No keep no guilt in jail till trial. Trial than guilt or no guilt. I do not think I can find easier words than that.

  • MrsPage1989 Nov 12, 12:58 p.m.

    I wonder why the Mom's other kids were taken from her?

  • 4DukeTillDeath Nov 12, 11:58 a.m.

    There is alot more to the story but the mods will not let us share because the details haven't been "officially" released to the public yet. I keep hearing the mom ask "why" to alot of things in the video. If you truly knew and completely trusted the person you dropped your kids off with then you should have also known she had a major habit and was not fit to keep any children. I'm sure she didn't know something this horrible would happen but parents need to use better judgement.

  • Scubagirl Nov 12, 11:23 a.m.

    yes wakemom.......if you're going to say you know more, then you should share.....

  • Scubagirl Nov 12, 11:22 a.m.

    " She made her $1,500 bond and was back at home Monday."

    Then IT WASN'T HIGH ENOUGH!!! If she truly did this to this child she does not NEED to be 'at home' she needs to be locked up somewhere.

  • 4DukeTillDeath Nov 12, 10:51 a.m.

    So piene2....you mean to tell me if you have kids you would be perfectly fine if a neighbor committed these crimes and only got a $1500 bail and was sitting on their front porch within a couple hours time. That bail is a complete joke considering all that little girl went through. And WRAL hasn't released any of the horrible details. This is Shinaya Davis all over again except the girl lived.

  • Whatever Geez Nov 12, 10:41 a.m.

    She has two different dates for child abuse...one for the felony and one for a misd. child abuse

  • relay4life4acure Nov 12, 10:16 a.m.

    I don't think it's so difficult to understand that bail/bond is not punitive. But $1500 bail is a joke! Make it harder for the bail/bond to come by, by increasing the amount. The implications/condescending tone that all the folks commenting are unable to grasp the concept and therefore needed you to break it down for them is a bit over the top.

  • piene2 Nov 12, 9:31 a.m.

    "Wait a minute $1500.00 bond? You can't be serious, we're talking about a 2yr old child here!
    prettylady07"

    How many times are people here going to have to be told that bail/bond is not punitive! Bail/bond is to insure the subject's appearance in court, not to punish him or her?

    "In general, an individual accused of a crime must be held in the custody of the court until his or her guilt or innocence is determined. However, the court has the option of releasing the individual before that determination is made, and this option is called bail. Bail is set by the judge during the defendant's first appearance. For many misdemeanors, bail need not be set. For example, the defendant may be released on the issuance of a citation such as a ticket for a driving violation or when booked for a minor misdemeanor at a police station or jail. But for major misdemeanors and felonies, the defendant must appear before a judge before bail is determined."

    Is that so difficult to understand?

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