Jonathan Douglas Richardson
Johnston prosecutor to seek death penalty in 2 murder cases
Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle said Thursday that she plans to seek the death penalty in two high-profile murder cases.
Jonathan Douglas Richardson, 21, of Smithfield will face the death penalty if he's convicted in the abuse and death of 4-year-old Teghan Skiba in July. He's charged with first-degree murder and felony child abuse. According to search warrants, Teghan had severe head injuries and bruises, cuts and human bite marks all over her body when Richardson brought her to the hospital. She died several days later.
The girl's mother, Helen Reyes, was charged with felony negligent child abuse causing serious bodily injury. Investigators say she left Richardson to care for her daughter in a barn without running water while she went to New Mexico for Army Reserve training
Mom indicted in child torture death case
A grand jury has indicted the mother involved in the alleged torture death of her 4-year-old daughter in Johnston County.
Helen Reyes has been indicted on charges of felony child abuse.
nvestigators say Reyes knowingly left her daughter, Teghan Alyssa Skiba, in a dangerous situation with her boyfriend, 21-year-old Jonathan Douglas Richardson.
Richardson was charged in July with first-degree murder in the death of the 4-year-old.
Richardson is accused of beating, biting, and sexually assaulting the girl while Reyes was out of state for military training.
Prosecutors also announced Tuesday they will seek the death penalty against him.