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Two charged in brutal attack on Tarboro toddler

Posted November 20, 2012
Updated November 21, 2012

— A 2-year-old child beaten beyond recognition at a babysitter's house in Tarboro earlier this month was also sexually assaulted, authorities said Tuesday, after charging two people in the attack.

Cirilo Torido-Bastida, 41, of Macclesfield, faces two counts of first-degree forcible sex offense and one count of assault inflicting serious bodily injury. He was placed in the Edgecombe County jail Tuesday under a $855,000 secured bond. 

Chelsey Elane Speight, 20, of Tarboro, was charged with accessory after the fact on all three counts and placed in the Edgecombe County jail under a $355,000 secured bond.

Investigators say Speight was watching two children for a friend the night of Nov. 3. When the mother returned, her 2-year-old had been savagely beaten but the other child was unharmed. 

The mother said the injuries were so severe that she didn't even recognize her own child. She also said Speight told her a dog had attacked the child.

Speight, of 374 Northwoods Country Road, was initially arrested Nov. 4 and charged with felony child abuse and misdemeanor child abuse. She posted $1,500 bond and returned home.

But medical examinations confirmed the extent of injuries to the child, who has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at her grandmother's house, leading to the new charges against Speight.

Due to the nature of the crimes, the child and mother's name are being withheld by WRAL News.

No other information was released. The relationship between Speight and Torido-Bastida was not disclosed.


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  • VT1994Hokie Nov 21, 2012

    I meant to say two... Sorry. What kind of World are we living in today? So sad that people are so mean.

  • VT1994Hokie Nov 21, 2012

    One of the worst stories ever. These tow Sick people need to be behind bars for the rest of their dismal lives.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 21, 2012

    Pray for this baby and all children of abuse.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 21, 2012

    Young mothers, how well do you know the person before you allow the man to take care of your child? Get your family to take care of your child when you cannot. You are suppose to protect them. In this case, that did not happen. May justice be served in be half of this baby.

  • ThaTruth4 Nov 21, 2012

    This story made me sick to my stomach. Something is wrong with your brain for you to do that to ANY child. He needs to be locked up in crazy town...with crazier ppl & the babysitter!!! My heart goes out to the little girl & her family! Praying for you all!

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 21, 2012

    The mother said the injuries were so severe that she didn't even recognize her own child. She also said Speight told her a dog had attacked the child.

    What is so wrong with young mothers of today, that they would sit back an allow whatever man to abuse their child to a point that as a mother you cannot "recognize" your own child. She should get 25 years in prison and he should get 50. She also should not have a child in her care ever.

  • erderr4533 Nov 21, 2012


    read the entire article next time....the mother obviously wasn't there as the woman in question was the 'babysitter'

  • kimisufu Nov 21, 2012

    I'm fairly certain that if an acquaintance of mine told me he was attracted to kids, I'd go all kinds of Chuck Norris on him. And he'd have to kill me before I'd let him touch a child, mine or not.

  • thinlady1 Nov 21, 2012

    2 years old beat beyond reconition and raped ....and the mother is not in jail for what she did to them..that's where i would be i don't think i could live with myself if that happened to one of my children we are suppose to protect them .....

  • romneycare Nov 21, 2012

    not sure where wral is getting their sources for 1,500 bond from nov 4th........ report says 1,000, bonded out between 100-150$