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Published On: Wed, Mar 5th, 2014

Teghan Skiba was raped, murdered in shed by Jonathan Richardson while mother at Army training

 

A shocking case  in North Carolina turned even more disturbing as prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a man who tortued and murdered his girlfriend’s 4-year-old after presenting 100 pieces of evidence to the jury.

Teghan Skiba

Teghan Skiba

Jonathan Douglas Richardson, 25, is charged with first-degree murder, felony child abuse, sexual offense with a child and kidnapping in the July 19, 2010, death of Teghan Skiba.

The evidence presented Tuesday details how Richardson locked the child in the shed behind his grandparents’ Smithfield home and physically and sexually abused her while her mother was at Army Reserve training in New Mexico.

Skiba died three days after Richardson took her to a local emergency room, claiming she hit her head while jumping on a bed.

An autopsy found the child died from blunt force head injuries and had bite marks, cuts and bruises all over her body.

Charlotte Fournier, a former crime scene investigator who testified for two days last week, returned to the witness stand Tuesday to show jurors more items she collected from the shed, which she described last week as “cluttered and dirty.”

Among the items were several pieces of clothing, children’s flip flops, building blocks and children’s DVDs such as Pocahontas, Lady and the Tramp and Undercover Dora.

Richardson tormented, terrorized and tortured the young girl, prosecutors stated as defense attorneys are battling to keep Richardson from facing the death penalty.

They say he never sexually abused Teghan and didn’t mean to kill her.

He lacked experience and parenting skills and blames her death on his undiagnosed mental problems, his own experiences of being abused as a child and approval from Teghan’s mother that physically abusing the child was acceptable.

 

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