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Man Who Tortured And Killed 4-Year-Old Girl Could Face Death Penalty

A jury in Johnston County has found a man guilty of charges stemming from the 2010 death of a 4-year-old girl.

Jonathan Douglas Richardson was on trial in the death of Teghan Skiba, who had been living with him and her mother in a barn behind the home of Richardson's grandparents. The jury returned its verdict on Tuesday.

Richardson could face the death penalty.

Authorities say Helen Roxana Reyes left her daughter in Richardson's care while she went to military training in New Mexico. The defense said Richardson had uncontrollable anger, causing him to lose patience and abuse Teghan.

The prosecutor said Richardson took pleasure in torturing Teghan. By the time she reached the hospital, her brain had swollen and she had lost more than half of her blood.

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A North Carolina woman charged with abuse in the death of her 4-year-old daughter is going to court.

Helen Reyes of Raleigh is scheduled for a court hearing on Thursday in Johnston County. She's charged with neglient child abuse in the death of her daughter, Teghan Skiba.

Teghan died July 19 at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Authorities say she had suffered cuts, bite marks, head trauma and sexual assault injuries.

Jonathan Douglas Richardson of Smithfield is charged with murder in Teghan's death. Teghan had been living with her mother and the 21-year-old Richardson in a barn behind the home of Richardson's parents.

Authorities say Reyes left her daughter in Richardson's care while she went to military training in New Mexico even though she knew of earlier abuse.


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