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Search Warrants Released In Death Of 4-Year-Old Girl

By Justin Moss

A Johnston County man now charged in the death of a 4-year-old girl claims he became upset with the girl and "lost it," according to warrants released Tuesday morning.

A judge ordered Jonathan Richardson, 21, held without bond. Richardson is now charged with first degree murder after Teghan Alyssa Skiba, 4, died at UNC Hospitals late Monday.

The girl was brought to the hospital Friday after authorities said she was apparently tortured, suffering bite marks, sexual abuse, cuts and severe head trauma.

She and her mother, Helen Reyes, had recently moved in with Richardson on his grandparents' property in Smithfield. Authorities said they lived in a barn on the property with no running water. Reyes left Skiba in Richardson's care earlier this month when she left for military training.

New search warrants reveal authorities searched the barn, Richardson's vehicle and a room in the grandparents' residence where Richardson also stayed. Authorities seized dozens of items including guns, knives, duct tape and drug paraphernalia.

In the search warrants, authorities said Richardson told them he became upset when the girl wet the bed and that he "lost it," whipping the girl with a drop cord. The warrants also state that Richardson told authorities he was bipolar and "little things set him off."

Richardson is due back in court August 5.

Reyes is now staying with family in Wake County. Her sister said Reyes wanted privacy and did not want to comment. The sister did say, however, that people don't know the whole story. She said there are no plans yet for a funeral service.

The state Medical Examiner's Office said late Tuesday that an autopsy had been performed but results would not be released for 60 to 90 days.

 Full Coverage: Teghan Skiba

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