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Four-year-old, Teghan Alyssa Skiba torture victim has died…

July 19, 2010

Four-year-old, Teghan Alyssa Skiba torture victim has died…

JOHNSTON COUNTY, North Carolina – Four-year-old Johnston County Teghan Alyssa Skiba tortured by her mother’s boyfriend died Monday evening.

Teghan Alyssa Skiba was hospitalized on Friday after being severely beaten and tortured by 21-year-old Jonathan Douglas Richardson.

Deputies say Richardson took the 4-year-old to the Johnston Medical Center claiming she fell out of bed. But doctors called authorities when they discovered human bite marks, bruises, cuts, severe head trauma and signs of possible sexual abuse.

Skiba was later air-lifted from Johnston Medical Center ER to UNC Chapel Hill Hospital for further treatment, but died of her injuries on Monday around 6:30 p.m.

Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell told ABC11 earlier on Monday that her condition was not improving and she remained in critical condition.

Bizzell said the abuse likely happened over several days and called it one of the worst cases of abuse his investigators have ever seen.

“The reality is probably 10 times worse than anyone could possibly imagine,” he said Monday.

Richardson was supposed to be caring for the child while his girlfriend, Skiba’s mother, was in New Mexico for Army Reserve training.

On Friday, Helen Reyes returned from training in New Mexico to be at her daughter’s side in the hospital.

But Bizzell said he feels the girl’s mother has some responsibility for what happened because she knew the conditions she was leaving her child in.

Bizzell said the couple was living with the child in an air conditioned barn behind the home of Richardson’s grandparents on the outskirts of Smithfield near Brogden. There was no running water, no bathroom, and just a single air mattress on the floor to sleep on.

Investigators have not charged Richardson’s grandparents with any crime, but Bizzell said the investigation was ongoing and detectives were meeting with the district attorney. He said it’s likely more charges will be filed.

Richardson is now charged with first degree murder and is being held without bond in Johnston County Jail.

Earlier on Monday, Richardson faced a judge in Smithfield first the first time. He was originally charged with felony child abuse with severe bodily injury and held in jail under a $1 million bond.

In the meantime, authorities say further investigation into Skiba’s death is ongoing by the JCSO, Johnston County District Attorney’s Office, and the N.C. Chief Medical Examiner’s Office.

Teghan is now at peace.  Rest Baby Girl, rest.  You have received your wings; no pain, no more tears.

And, now we sit and wonder….why?  How could anyone allow someone to hurt their innocent baby?

There are plenty of good, descent people that want children – if you do not want your child stand up and admit it.  Allow a someone to love your child unconditionally.

Not until Teghan’s death was anything announced that her mother may be held responsible as well for her daughter’s death.

We will follow as everything unfolds – there is so much more to this horrific act by this monster.

No, I do not have anything good to say about him.  And, “his childhood or past” better not be blamed for his actions; because this is bull!

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  1. george
    July 20, 2010 at 5:03 AM

    I say the same thing. I am a survivor of childhood trauma and abuse, but my past grief could never manifest by harming a child. Contrarily, I over-compensate for the past by being highly defensive of the meek and mild, especially children. So, you are correct that this barbarian deserves similar abuse by someone with 10x his strength. Let the bully be bullied. I hope he doesn’t receive jailhouse protection and that his fellow inmates are completely aware of what he did to this beautiful, sweetheart of a girl.

  2. MARY WRIGHT
    July 20, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    I was abused by my father for 12 years, my mother died and my dad remarried and she joined in on the abuse, I remember sitting in dark closets, bathrooms and pretty much anywhere they could stuff me thinking if I ever have children I will never hurt them like this.. I have 2 children one is 18 and one is 21 and they are both happy healthy succesful adults, I raised them myself and they were never abused or hurt!! you can break the chain, I never recieved counseling or anything like that but I was always scared I would hurt them so I kinda smothered them and was very protective!! Just because someone was abused is no excuse to hurt an innocent beautiful little girl who DID NOT DESERVE TO BE TORTURED AND KILLED, SHE IS ONE OF GODS PRECIOUS CHILDREN!!bite marks?? bruises?? head trauma?? sexual abuse?? I don’t care if he was abused, that is NO EXCUSE FOR WHAT HE DID, there are alot of people in this world who have been abused and we would walk through fire for a child!! I would gladly die for my children or my 5 grandchildren!! I hope he gets abused and treated just like he treated her, I hope every day of his miserable pathetic life is hell, this is my ferverent prayer, she was so precious WHY,. WHY WOULD HE HURT HER AND KILL HER????? ABUSE FROM CHILDHOOD IS NO EXCUSE!!!!!!!!!!

  3. July 28, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Compound the details of this horror with the fact that it’s been well over a hundred degrees daily for most of the summer in eastern NC (the hottest on record), and they had this kid living in a barn with no water or electricity??? There is more wrong than the events that directly impacted her death. She was not being well-cared for all around, and if this is the best her responsible adults could do for her, she’s in better care now.

  4. Kim
    August 24, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    what woman thinks she can serve our country when she doesn’t serve her own child?

    they are both to blame for this. if you think there is no place safe to leave your child take them to the authorities and give them at least a fighting chance.

  5. R Bowles
    August 24, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    Where’s this guy’s picture??? I want to see the demon with my own eyes.

    • August 25, 2010 at 11:07 AM

      Updated post with his mug shot (front view).

  6. Jennifer D.
    September 14, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Abusers stop caring because chances are extremely good that they were treated as badly or worse than the children they abuse. Only way to stop child abuse is to intervene if you hear or see any child, teenager, adult or anyone for that matter, being abused. If you don’t, you’re a perpetrator, a bystander or a victim. Better to prevent abuse in the first f**king place but God Forbid that anyone does that. Or that anyone steps up and says shut the f**k up. You don’t understand how horrible this f**king feels or how creeped out kids and adults feel when people or things remind them of the abuse they experienced. Or about how it feels to get night terrors and nightmares because of emotional stress or how it feels to be scared to trust anyone. I do know and remember thanks to my own life not being so perfect but I was fortunate enough to receive good guidance and values, morals and such.
    Unfortunately…that guy is going to be how he is because of what he went through. He can overcome his past and not be an abuser anymore but he has to find it within himself to want to change and fight abuse however he can and learn to have good values, morals and healthy behaviors modeled for him and to learn compassion, to learn not to blame himself or anyone else anymore and just fight against what he doesn’t like. Child abuse. Prevention and intervention saves lives and prevents abusers from becoming abusers. So does love. But it’s not easy to do. Love thy neighbor. So it’s said in the bible. But do we as a society have the courage to treat everyone with respect and dignity and prevent people from bothering us because of the kind of people we are because they choose to like and to care about and to respect us?? I believe it’s possible but takes time to happen. I’m sorry that this happend and that the adults didn’t learn the appropriate behaviors to deal with their own past history of abuse and neglect. That’s what f**king sucks!! If those people who’ve been abused don’t heal or work on themselves and learn healthy behaviors…they’ll be forever haunted by their abusers or become exactly like their abusers which sucks objectionably and is dispicable that we can allow that to happen and that we as people tolerate abuse and neglect of each other, of animals and don’t prevent it and stop it when we see or hear anything that’s not right.
    I’m sorry to learn that woman didn’t choose a guy who’s emotionallly healthy and loving toward her and that she didn’t learn to treat herself or others with respect. Same can be said for the guy who was the perpetrator. If I had a wish for all of them it’d be this…they’d decide: Right now…..that, ENOUGH’S ENOUGH! And they and others who’ve been abused don’t want to behave that way anymore toward themselves or anyone else.
    I do hope that the adults who were irresponsible and allowed this abuse of this innocent little girl are able to find the courage to get their lives healed so they don’t ever abuse another child again and that they learn the healthy, positive behaviors and values, morals and respect for themselves and others…and how to care for others. Otherwise they WILL NOT BREAK the abusive cycle and will remain haunted by their past abuse. Even if they do heal they’ll always have emotional scars but they can do like what that guy, Dave Pelzer did and help others instead of turning the anger and pain against others in a negative way. He wrote the book, “A Child Called It” and he tells about his experiences….but he knew it wasn’t going to be easy to do things he wanted to do but he knew that he didn’t want his child to go through what he did so he turned things around more positively. Everyone else needs to do the same. But, who am I kidding?! The world’s not perfect. I get that. But I’ve gotta do somethnig! i sitill…..I still dissociate and still deal with things in my own life that weren’t perfect or how I wanted them to be. Though, it’s up to me to take the intitiative and do something to make things better and help others whenever and wherever and however I can and am able to.

    PLEASE join me…… Thank you!

  7. STOP THE ABUSE NOW!!!
    September 14, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    IF you know of someone or see something suspicious, GET INVOLVED!!! Even if you’re in the supermarket and hear or see something objectionable happening….say something. Be polite and respectful but do something to let the child and adult know you give a damn because you may just save two lives that day instead of only one life…and you may also save your own life by helping out.

  8. STOP THE ABUSE NOW!!!
    September 14, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    DON’T HIT THAT CHILD!! STOP HITTING THAT KID!!!

  9. STOP THE ABUSE NOW!!!
    September 14, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    THERE’S A BETTER WAY THAN HITTING THAT CHILD!!! PLEASE STOP HITTING THAT KID!!!

    STOP CALLING HIM/HER NAMES AND DISRESPECING THAT KID!!!! PLEASE DON’T HURT THAT CHILD ANYMORE!!! IT HURTS ME TO SEE AND HEAR THAT AND IT’S HARMING YOU AS WELL TO BEHAVE THAT WAY TOWARD THAT CHILD!!!

    STOP IT AND DON’T DO THAT ANYMORE IT’S BAD AND WRONG….YOU CAN DO WHAT’S RIGHT AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO BEHAVE BADLY ANYMORE OR PUT UP WITH ABUSE ANYMORE!!!!

    PLEASE INTERVENE IF YOU SEE, HEAR OR SUSPECT ABUSE OR MISTREATMENT HAPPENING AND DO WHATEVER YOU CAN TO HELP AND TO PREVENT THE ABUSE!!!

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!

  10. STOP THE ABUSE NOW!!!
    September 14, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    If you suspect that someone is in a domestic violence situation and you have access to literature….explain to the woman that if she doesn’t leave the guy she will end up putting herself and if she has a child or has children…she’ll be placing them at risk as well. She knows it’s the toughest thing to do…to leave the abuser, for good but if she doesn’t….she will never heal or see how wonderful life can be without abuse and mistreatment. Get involved and help however you can help. Explain to her that and show her literature that if she wants help….here’s where to go and if she doesn’t want it or doesn’t seem to want help….please explain to her that if she doesn’t get help nothing will improve and her and her children will be at risk of injury and death. Which is f**king unfair, wrong and objectionably insulting to treat them or anyone that way!!! PLEASE STOP THE VIOLENCE AND DOMESTIC ABUSE AND GET HELP FOR WHOEVER YOU CAN AND URGE PEOPLE TO ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER TO GET HELP OR GO FOR SUPPORT/HELP/COUNSELING/THERAPY OR WHATEVER….YOU CAN HELP SAVE A LIFE!!!! PLEASE ACT NOW!!!

    THANK YOU!!!! MUCH APPRECIATED!!!

  11. STOP THE ABUSE NOW!!!
    September 14, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    PLEASE…..THIS GOES OUT TO THE GUYS….TO ANY AND ALL GUYS WHO ARE, OR WHO HAVE EVER HATED WOMEN AND WANTED TO TORTURE, MURDER, AND SADISTICALLY ABUSE THEM……I do apologize to you for all you have been through and I’m so deeply sorry that the adults who mistreated you as a child were allowed to do that to you and that no one intervened or showed you how to get help or to prevent you from going through what you did….and that you didn’t learn how to not torture animals, and then human beings….or that you went through hell and were so confused, afraid and felt condemned to be that way forever….I’m sorry that you feel so desperate to go out and abduct, rape, torture and abuse others…..I don’t know what to do but I want to help prevent you from feeling that way anymore…..I want you to heal and have the courage to do that. I know it’s asking one hell of a lot….but I’m sick and tired of society being so f**ked up and wrong! I want it to be right, good, better, safer and fun…instead of abusive, unkind, unfair, wrong, creepy, scary, frightening and no-good, sadistic, cruel and hostile, as well as unfair, manipulative and embarrassing, humiliating and shameful…..those things need to be stopped and replaced with understanding, kindness, valuing others, treating yourself and others with respect and consideration….I know you’ve done bad things and have been through hell….time to stop remaining there and get the f**k out of hell and have the courage to do what’s right and prevent and work toward what’s good, right, fair,just and to prevent and discourage abuse and neglect of oneself and others.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  12. STOP THE ABUSE NOW!!!
    September 14, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    NO ONE, NO CHILD DESERVES TO BE TORTURED, ABUSED, NEGLECTED, MISTREATED, SHAMED, HUMILIATED, DEGRADED OR UNKINDLY TREATED!!!

    IF YOU SEE OR HEAR OR SENSE ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS.TOWARD ANY CHILD OR ANIMAL….THAT’S GOING ON, AND AREN’T SURE BUT YOU THINK OR IF YOU KNOW THAT SOMETHING IS WRONG, PLEASE HELP!!! DON’T ALLOW THE CHILD OR ANIMAL TO REMAIN IN THE ABUSIVE SITUATION ANYMORE!!!!

  13. STOP THE ABUSE NOW!!!
    September 14, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Uh, all of the guys in prison……were also treated as abusively or neglectfully as they have treated others. Unfortunately it’s something they learn and don’t always choose to unlearn. I know that. Guys who you know of or that you suspect of being or who are manipulative, bullies, controlling or that show behaviors such as those…DON’T TRUST THE GUY OR BE ALONE WITH HIM FOR ANY REASON!!! If you disregard that, you do so at your own risk, and can become his next victim.

  14. STOP THE ABUSE NOW!!!
    September 14, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    I think it’s horribly awful that some guys whom I’ve encountered and have met in my own life have been abused and have had dysfunctional families. I’m sorry that I couldn’t help or do anything to change that about their family or them….and that they ended up staying in the dysfunctional behaviors instead of not doing so….and that they ended up in prison because of their own pain,problems/issues that they had….that’s what totally sucks and that they didn’t find it within themselves to believe that they could change or that they should change and that they felt so desperate that they behaved in ways that they knew were wrong but stopped giving a damn about it so they ended up in prison because of bad choices and decisions they made…..and because of others who treated them abusively and they only learned abusive behaviors and unkindness only too well. THAT’S WHAT SUCKS!!!!

  15. STOP THE ABUSE NOW!!!
    September 14, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    STOP EMBARRASSING AND ABUSING THAT KID!!!! STOP DISRESPECTING HIM/HER AND BELITTLING THAT KID!!! YOU DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO THAT ANYMORE!!! I’M REVOKING THAT RIGHT…..YOU CAN REPLACE THAT WITH SOMETHING THAT IS RIGHT INSTEAD AND SHOW RESPECT AND LOVE INSTEAD OF ANGER AND HATERED!!!!!

    THE CHOICE IS YOURS……

    A LIFE OF GOOD AND POSITIVITY OR NEGATIVITY AND HARM, HURT AND MORE PAIN….

    HAVE THE COURAGE TO BE UNIQUE AND TO BE WHO YOU REALLY ARE….. CHOOSE GOODNESS, KINDNESS AND RESPECT!!! STOP AND END THE VIOLENCE, ABUSE, DEGRADATION AND HUMILIATION!!!!

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