It’s just a piece of metal. Not much to it.
How many times have I seen a hasp?
After leaving the police force, my father went into the construction business when I was around 9 years old. There was a workshop in the basement or garage of every house we lived in. There were always plenty of wooden boxes and other containers that had hasps attached to them and were locked. The sheds in the back of our house had hasps on every door.
I’ve never given hasps any thought at all until this trial. They have just always been there, silently serving their purpose.
I will never look at another hasp the same way again.
Prosecutors: Man Tortured Child Left in his Care…read here…
The hasp, as it turns out, is just one of many factors in this case that speak to Jonathan Richardson’s sadistic pedophilia. The hasp confirms Richardson’s sick twisted intent. The intent he had all along, even before Teghan’s mother Helen Reyes left for military training.
For those unfamiliar with the case it is a horror story of epic proportions. Jonathan Richardson tortured, sexually abused, whipped and covered Teghan Skiba’s entire body with over 60 bite marks while her mother Helen Reyes went off to a military camp. Helen Reyes left her 4 year old daughter in an outdoor shed, with no running water, with a man she knew was abusive.
She left her 4 year old baby in an outdoor shed.
Mother of Slain 4 Year Old Charged With Neglect…read here…
It is impossible for me to wrap my brain around a so called mother that is so selfish and so uncaring, that she would relegate a little 4 year old girl, who should have had a princess bedroom of her own, to an outdoor shed. Worse… she goes off to military training and has all of the comforts for herself while her baby lives in squalor with a sadistic pervert. It’s unthinkable.
To say that Helen Reyes in an unfit mother is the understatement of the century. It’s incomprehensible that Helen Reyes has not been charged with a stack of more serious crimes and in my opinion she should be charged as an accessory to murder.
But for Helen Reyes none of this would have ever happened!
Doctors and Nurses Feverishly worked to Save 4-Year old…see Mary Butler testify how she chased Jonathan Richardson down here…
While her mother enjoyed running water, electricity and fresh linens on her bed, little Teghan was forced to live in an outdoor shed with a man her mother met in a bar.
This woman should never be trusted with a human life again and from what I understand she already has another child.
How long will her next child be able to survive, when these kind of judgement calls are being made by this unfit mother? Helen Reyes is unfit to raise any child period.
I hope that the prosecutor throws every charge he can at this unfit mother who got up on the stand and tried to call what she did a “mistake.”
A mistake? I don’t think so. Nice try.
Helen Reyes got on the stand and spun lies, tried to cry and did everything she could to minimize what she did and the twitter world erupted in outrage.
This is no mistake. A mistake is taking a wrong turn or forgetting to turn out the lights. This is pure unadulterated evil brought on by an uncaring selfish woman who didn’t give two seconds consideration for a tiny little girl who happened to be her child!
It’s outrageous that Helen Reyes hasn’t been charged with more then neglect and even more outrageous that she has access to another child. I can only hope that CPS has their eyes on Helen Reyes, watching every single move she makes. She has proven beyond all doubt that she has no mothering instincts what so ever and less common sense. Helen Reyes cannot make proper decisions for a child!
Watching Helen Reyes on the stand was like watching a con artist. What I saw was unconvincing. She failed miserably in her efforts to sound remorseful. Reyes did nothing but lie to save her own skin and try to convince a skeptical audience that she really didn’t know that Richardson could be dangerous.
Helen Reyes is a flat out liar when she says she talked to Teghan on the phone every day and Teghan was happy! This is physically impossible based on what we know about Teghan’s injuries and it is a blatant lie. I heard NO remorse in her voice and caught her in many lies. All I heard was someone desperate to save her own skin.
It was all bullshit designed to save Helen Reyes from having to face the consequences for her role in this horror show.
She is an accessory to first degree murder and if I had my way that’s exactly how she would be charged. At the very least she is an unfit mother and should have any child removed at once from her custody.
You don’t keep children in a shed!
Seems like mothering 101 doesn’t it?
How utterly frightening that this woman, who believes it’s A-OK to keep a 4 year old little girl in an outdoor shed has another child in her custody.
Even though the ultimate acts of torture were committed by Jonathan Richardson, there is plenty of blame to go around in this case. Plenty.
The hasp was there amongst a plethora of other red flags screaming out to Helen Creech, Richardson’s grandmother, that something was different…something was wrong out there in the shed.
Selfish and cold to the bone, according to her own testimony, Helen Creech chose to ignore all the signs and go about her daily business, apparently finding nothing wrong with the fact that there was a four year old child being housed in a shed behind her home. After a lifetime of looking the other way and making excuses for her sadistic grandson, it was just too inconvenient for Helen Creech to check on a four year old little girl who was being forced to live in a shed on her property.
For the love of God. I have homeowner’s insurance that holds me responsible if someone slips on a piece of loose carpet and you want to tell me it’s not against the law to allow children to live in an outdoor shed on your property? If it is not against the law to allow a child to live in such deplorable conditions on private property then it should be!
According to her own testimony Richardson’s grandmother knew there was a little 4 year girl living out in that shed with her grandson and she knew her grandson was violent. Suddenly a lock and hasp appear on the door to the shed, there is diarrhea all over the doorstep, a whimpering child inside with a screaming sadist and Helen Creech still does nothing. Nothing!
If you believe Helen Creech, even the diarrhea on the doorstep was not alarming. She claimed to have no idea that something was horribly wrong. The hasp, the locked door, the whimpering, the diarrhea…oh and by the way…there’s a 4 year old child living in an outdoor shed behind your house! You might want to be concerned about that!
I can promise you one thing. If Helen Creech thought that she would have gotten into any trouble for allowing children to live in sheds on her property, then Helen Creech would have found the “courage” and the back bone to call the police or contact other family members! She proved on the stand that she is very selfish and cold.
Forget about the unimaginable abuse inflicted by her sexually sadistic, pedophile grandson for a second.
Anyone who allows people to keep children in an outdoor shed on their property should be criminally responsible for anything that happens as a result. Helen Creech is culpable. It’s absolutely outrageous and nothing Helen Creech can ever say will absolve her from housing this horror show and giving her permission by allowing it to happen right in front of her nose.
There is no way that Jonathan Richardson just woke up one day and did these things out of the blue. No way. What he did to Teghan Skiba in that shed is something that developed over a lifetime and it was something that Helen Creech was aware of. She knew that Jonathan Richardson was a sadist. He was in the shed because of the mean and hateful way he treated Helen Creech and her husband. That’s why he was out there in the shed to begin with. She knew. Helen Creech knew. She knew and she turned her back on Teghan Skiba and threw her to the wolf.
It’s literally sickening to think that Teghan thought she might have had a chance to be rescued and Helen Creech snuffed out all of her hope that day by walking away and leaving her there, because she didn’t want to get her shoes dirty. Helen Creech signed Teghan’s death warrant when she turned her back on that shed and walked away…
but it is highly possible that she also signed her grandson’s death warrant at the same time.
Who among us could sleep in our bed with nice clean linens and fluffy pillows, while a child lives in filth in our outdoor shed?
I can not wrap my brain around any of these people. What kind of cold hearted so called mother would allow their child to stay in an outdoor shed while she went away and left the state? Forget about the monster for a second. The shed alone is proof beyond any doubt that this women is unfit to ever be a mother. It’s proof that she is incapable of making decisions when it comes to children.
Because of Helen Reyes and her inability to show concern for Teghan…her own daughter suffered the kind of torture that is reserved for prisoners of war!
According to Helen Reyes’ own testimony she knew Jonathan Richardson was abusive and yet she left her most precious possession, in an outdoor shed with him.
But for Teghan having the horrible misfortune to have Helen Reyes as a “mother”…none this would have EVER HAPPENED.
The prosecutors in this case have been outstanding voices for Teghan. In Paul Jackson’s closing argument he spoke about a “dark place” inside of Jonathan Richardson and when he did, you could literally feel his hatred for this defendant and his contempt for what he did to Teghan Skiba fill the screen.
Prosecutor Brian Butler, in his part of the closing, stated for the jury in the most matter of fact way:
Butler goes on to say not everything has to have a clinical diagnosis. What he did was mean and sadistic and he did it to satisfy his sadistic urges because he is MEAN. Some people are just born mean. He did it because he liked it!
The following is a post from a local news website and the poster claims to be a neighbor of the Creech’s:
He was mean as a teenager and he’s still mean! He was staying the holidays at his grandparents house, snuck into the woods to hunt, crossed over into my mom’s neighbors property while my husband and brother were hunting and they had my stepdad’s bulldog with them. Well MR. KILLER there shot the dog in cold blood and then claimed to the sherrif that the dog was chasing him when the dog was following the guys. That dog wouldn’t hurt a flea, but this monster would. If he will kill a dog any such way then its no wonder what he did to that poor innocent child. She did not deserve anything he did to her. And the grandparents have taken up for and covered for him too much. It’s time he pay for his crimes! They should take him to the woods with the meanest criminal they can find and let them torture & beat him, then leave him until no help can save him. And to know that he is actually being defended is just discusting!
According to comments from locals, left under articles about the case…Helen Creech has been covering for Jonathan Richardson’s sadism for years. In no way do I believe that Helen Creech had no clue that something was wrong with him. He’s killing neighborhood pets, breaking the law, beating up women, threatening her in her own house and Helen Creech is still right there to bail him out and make excuses for him. Now she acts surprised that a baby he kept in a locked shed for ten days ended up sexually tortured and dead? Maybe there’s a clue in there somewhere as to what kind of person Helen Creech is?
Helen Creech calls herself a Christian but I don’t know of any “Christian” who protects and harbors a devil like this as she has and still continues to do. Helen Creech has dirty hands in all of this and I am more then concerned that there are no charges being filed against her.
I think what enrages me as much as the fact that she allowed it to happen and turned a cold blind eye to all of it…is the fact that in the sentencing phase this woman got on the stand and tried to make herself into a victim!
They knew. They knew there was something wrong with him. He’s running around the neighborhood terrorizing the neighbors and killing their dogs, and Helen Creech makes excuses and bails him out of trouble every time.
Here’s the cold hard fact: Helen Creech doesn’t care.
All hope was gone when Helecn Creech walked away…red flags flying all over the place. Horns blowing. It was a fireworks display of wrong and Helen Creech just plain old did not care.
The last chance for someone in this horror show to exhibit one minute of concern for 4 year old Teghan Skiba, and Helen Creech was more worried about getting her shoes soiled.
Remember…all of this happened on HELEN CREECH’S PROPERTY with her permission. She allowed the HASP.
Not only does the hasp betray Jonathan Richardson and his motivations…it tells a terrible story about Helen Creech.
It seems ridiculous to have to write this but for those who don’t know…an outdoor shed is no place for a child!
Someone has to be held accountable in this case. Yes Jonathan Richardson committed the acts but he would have never had the opportunity to do so if Helen Reyes had been even a minimally decent mother.
This is the worst case I have ever heard of and I have been trial watching since the OJ trial and even before. I will never forget the terror this monster put Teghan though in that shed.
Some people are just plain mean!
On March 25 2014, Jonathan Richardson was found guilty of first degree murder. Richardson is currently waiting to see if the jury will impose the same sentence on him, that he imposed on Teghan Skiba. Jonathan Richardson won’t have to face the unimaginable 10 days of torture that Teghan Skiba did and it seems like nothing the jury can do will be bad enough for this monster.
Since we live with a system where LWOP rarely means LWOP and that sentence still exposes the offender to other people…the death penalty is the only way we are ever going to be sure that Jonathan Richardson never does this again.
We are not living in a jungle! We have stiff penalties for this type of crime because it is so horrible. This is the worst of the worse right here.
Unfortunately you can’t rely on people’s hearts and their morals to do the right thing…you need to have laws and enforce them.
The two Helens prove that.
RIP Tegahn Skiba. I will always remember you…
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