Police Say NC Man Tortured Child

Police have arrested a North Carolina man after investigators say he tortured a 4-year-old girl left in his care.

Johnston County sheriff's spokeswoman Tammy Amaon said the girl remained in critical condition Saturday at UNC Hospitals.

Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell says 21-year-old Douglas Richardson of Smithfield was charged with felony child abuse with severe bodily injury after he took the child to a hospital Friday claiming she had been hurt in a fall from a bed.

Bizzell said there was evidence of sexual abuse and the girl had a serious head injury along with bites, cuts and bruises all over her body.

Richardson was being held at the Johnston County jail. It was not clear whether he has an attorney.


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