Mother Of Tortured Girl Arrested

The mother of a 4-year-old North Carolina girl who authorities say was tortured by her mom's boyfriend before she died has been arrested.

Multiple media outlets reported that 27-year-old Helen Reyes of Raleigh was charged Thursday with negligent child abuse causing serious bodily injury.

The arrest warrant says Reyes knew Teghan Skiba had been abused previously and still left her daughter in the care of 21-year-old Jonathan Richardson while she went to military training in New Mexico.

Investigators say the child had suffered cuts, lacerations, bite marks, head trauma and sexual assault injuries before she died July 19.

Richardson is charged with first-degree murder.

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