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No Abuse Reports Before Death Of 4-Year-Old Torture Victim

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By Jake Seaton

Child welfare officials say they received no reports of abuse before the death of a 4-year-old girl who died after days of torture.


Wake County child welfare administrator Warren Ludwig says Helen Reyes failed to make sure her daughter, Teghan Skiba, was safe before leaving for military training in New Mexico.


"It was agreed that the mother and relatives could have brief visits with Teghan that day under supervision of hospital personnel," Ludwig said in a statement. "Later Saturday, a petition was prepared and read to a family court judge who granted Wake County temporary legal custody of Teghan and ordered all family visits be supervised."


The report said the county took legal custody of the girl because of "the seriousness of intentionally caused injuries," and Reyes's "failure to protect her child and to entrust her child to an appropriate caretaker."


Reyes left Teghan Alyssa Skiba with 21-year-old Jonathan Douglas Richardson on July 6. The girl died two weeks later after authorities say she suffered head trauma, bites and had signs of sexual assault.


Richardson told Johnston County authorities he's bipolar and "lost it" before whipping Teghan with an extension cord. He has been charged with first-degree murder.


Reyes has not been charged, but authorities are continuing to investigate. Reyes could not be reached for comment Wednesday.


Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina is a non-profit organization in Raleigh that aims to prevent child abuse and neglect through training and education.


"When (parents) are having a difficult time raising their children, they need to step out and ask for help," said President Rosie Allen.

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