- Associated Press - Friday, April 4, 2014

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to die for the death of a 4-year-old girl in his care in 2010.

A Johnston County jury on Thursday returned a death sentence for Jonathan Douglas Richardson in the death of Teghan Skiba.

The same jury had convicted Richardson of murder last month.

Prosecutors say Richardson was involved with the girl’s mother, Helen Roxana Reyes. The woman left the girl in Richardson’s care while she went to New Mexico for military training in July 2010.

Richardson and Teghan lived in a building behind his grandparents’ home in Johnston County for 10 days, where investigators said he shook Teghan violently and hit her head against something, causing brain damage that eventually killed her.

The death sentence is automatically appealed.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More

Click to Hide