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Supporters look for answers in attack on Tarboro child

Posted November 10, 2012 8:50 p.m. EST
Updated November 10, 2012 11:09 p.m. EST

— 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.

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.