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Child dies in Johnston County torture case

Posted July 19, 2010
Updated July 20, 2010

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— A 4-year-old girl who was severely beaten and tortured in Johnston County died from her injuries Monday evening, Johnston County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Tammy Amaon said.

Hospital workers contacted law enforcement authorities Friday after discovering Teghan Alyssa Skiba had cuts, lacerations, bite marks and signs of sexual assault, Sheriff Steve Bizzell said.

Teghan was taken to Johnston Medical Center by Jonathan Douglas Richardson, who claimed the girl had fallen off a bed. Teghan, who also suffered severe head trauma, was transferred to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill where she later died, Amaon said.

Upon Teghan’s death, authorities charged Richardson, 21, of Old Sanders Road, with first-degree murder. He was already facing a felony child abuse charge.

Authorities haven't said how long Teghan was in Richardson's care, but arrest warrants indicate the dates of the offense from July 14-16.

Bizzell said the girl's mother had been away for military training but had since returned to be with her daughter.

"A community came to love a little girl that they didn't even know who was a victim of domestic violence, a senseless act," Bizzell told WRAL News Monday evening. "We are just heartbroken and sad."

The investigation into Teghan's death is ongoing and others may be indicted in the case, Bizzell said.

"This is the worst case of child abuse that we have ever seen," the sheriff added. "Stuff like this is not supposed to happen."

An autopsy will be performed on Teghan's body at the Office of the State Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill.

Bizzell also said Richardson showed no remorse when he learned of the girl's death. Richardson was being held in the Johnston County jail without bond. He is due in court Tuesday.


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  • vger13 Jul 22, 2010

    we go again..bad childhood,mean father,missing mother,bipolar,i am so sick of it every time a crime is commented anymore there is always a reason other than just plain MEAN AND EVIL what he did there is no excuses for.i guess the public,media,and justice system have a hard time dealing with people..sorry i meant a sorry excuse for a life form like him.i am sure others feel the same as me believe me when he gets in jail..he wont last long

  • deb788 Jul 20, 2010

    A crying shame. Please be vigilant to others around you who may be suffering and report suspected or known child abuse. If you don't speak for them, who will? I'm glad this perpetrator was caught and that he didn't try to dispose of the precious child somewhere else.

  • james2313 Jul 20, 2010

    All I can vision at the moment is the doors and gates of HEAVEN opening and this precious angel running to the arms of JESUS with a great big smile on her face and being comforted by the arms of one who cared for her like no one else. My prayers are with the family. For the person who did this, I say we get a cord and see how you like it??? An eye for an eye brother.........

  • WRALSUCKS Jul 20, 2010

    You're right Gwally.

  • mandydavis63 Jul 20, 2010

    Just one little peek into heaven, is all I'm asking today. In want to know how she's doing, and heaven seems so far away. Is she playing on clouds with other little angels? Is she laughing and running today? Is she no longer hurting and in pain? As long as there is not any pain I'm okay as long as she's happy with you god everything will be okay. FROM A PERSON WHO DID'NT KNOW YOU BUT FILL REALLY HEARTBROKEN OVER WHAT HAPPENED TO A ANGEL LIKE YOU. I ALSO PRAY FOR THE MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR DEATH HE'S GONNA HAVE TO ANSWER TO THE MAN YOU'RE WITH MAYBE HE WILL BE FORGIVEN. YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS BABYGIRL REST IN PEACE AND BE HAPPY.

  • paddie Jul 20, 2010

    GWALLY, Amen to that!

  • dparrish55 Jul 20, 2010

    She is with Jesus now....and I am sure all the other angels there are looking after her.....I have a four year old grandson and an 8 month of grandaughter ......and I can not imagine anyone hurting either one of them like that.....Rest well sweet angel...you are with the other angels now....and I am sure my Sweet Daddy is one of the angels that will be looking over you....he was the best daddy, grandaddy and great-grandaddy around so you will be well taken care of....

  • andreawesco Jul 20, 2010

    Rest in Peace baby girl!!!!

  • GWALLY Jul 20, 2010

    The miserable filth responsible for this should never draw another breath...!!!

  • heaf200 Jul 20, 2010

    One more angel in heaven, may God always watch over her.