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Pair charged after malnourished Randolph girl found locked in closet

Posted September 14
Updated September 15

— Police responding to reports of an abused child found a 5-year-old girl locked in a closet of a Randolph County home on Tuesday.

Officers got no response when they knocked on the door of the Back Street home, so they started calling out the girl's name. They could hear her calling back, and when she responded to their questions that she needed help, they broke out a window on the front porch to get inside, police said.

The girl was locked in a 2- by 4-foot closet under a stairway, was "extremely malnourished" and had burns, scratches and bruises on her body, police said.

The child was put in the custody of the Randolph County Department of Social Services and was taken to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem for treatment of her injuries.

Her father, Adam Joshua Byrd, 33, and Crystal Dawn Carnahan, 34, who police said took care of her, were both charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injuries, intentional child abuse resulting in serious physical injury and negligent child abuse resulting in serious physical injury. Both were being held in the Randolph County jail under $350,000 bonds.


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  • Bobby Medlin Sep 15, 1:31 p.m.
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    Devils are among us!

  • Jerry Sawyer Sep 14, 9:01 p.m.
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    The severity of this incident is rare, and so tragic. However, many thousands of other children go to bed very hungry every night. This is also child abuse. But the athorities just turn their heads. This is also criminal.

  • Josha Barton Sep 14, 7:16 p.m.
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    Great job to the Randolph County Police for quick thinking and actions. Calling the girls name and hoping for a response was a shot in the dark but it work and it possibly saved her life.