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Smithfield man accused of fatally beating girlfriend's daughter faces new charges

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The man accused of beating his girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter to death in 2010 is facing new charges.

According to the Johnston County Sheriff's website, 22-year-old Jonathan Douglas Richardson is now charged with first degree rape of 4-year-old Teghan Skiba.

On July 6, 2010, Skiba's mother, Helen Reyes, left her daughter with Richardson before she was sent to New Mexico for military training. The girl died two weeks later after authorities say she suffered head trauma, bites and had signs of a sexual assault.

At the time Richardson told authorities he's bipolar and "lost it" before whipping Skiba with an extension cord.

Richardson is already in the Johnston County Jail under a first degree murder charge.

Reyes has been charged with negligent child abuse/serious bodily injury.

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