ABOVE: Straight from Hell…Jonathan Richardson trial reveals hellish details of what he admittedly did to little Teghan Skiba…
ABOVE: Beautiful TEGHAN SKIBA and how she looked before 10 days of horror, alone in a shed, with Jonathan Richardson…
It’s hard to describe how I felt listening to District Attorney Paul Jackson give his powerful opening statement in the Teghan Skiba torture/murder trial. Jackson spoke to a panel of North Carolina jurors, composed of 7 women and 5 men. As Jackson described Teghan’s injuries I felt myself becoming a little dizzy. I had to stop the video twice. It is difficult to imagine the pain and sheer terror that Teghan Skiba suffered at the hands of this monster.
As the story unfolded I listened in shock and disgust, realizing that every single person in Teghan Skiba’s life failed her. I was becoming more and more enraged, not only at Richardson himself, who is clearly a pedophile and a sexual sadist, but the people around Teghan, who facilitated and allowed this to happen. Virtually everyone around this little girl turned a blind eye.
To my disbelief, I learned that Richardson had been living on his grandparents property, in a shed, with no running water, no bathroom and no electricity. Even more incredible, Richardson’s grandparents knew that Teghan was “living” in the shed (which was behind their home) and they allowed the situation! Truly unimaginable. It’s hard to wrap my brain around someone who knows that a 4 year old child is being forced to live in a shed and does nothing about it. It’s a shed. It has no running water and no bathroom.
How do you even allow that on your property without being held criminally responsible on some level? While Teghan was being whipped, bitten and sexually molested by their grandson, his grandparents enjoyed a comfortable environment, complete with running water and toilets, never once bringing the child inside and insisting that Richardson and the mother do the humane thing. It’s mind boggling and Helen Creech, who took the stand for the state this week, did nothing to explain or excuse any of it. As the Creech’s enjoyed all of the amenities that life has to offer, Teghan was being slowly tortured in the shed behind their home. A 4 year old, in a shed, with someone who they admit they are afraid of. It’s outrageous.
What chance did this child have?
Teghan’s body was covered with so many bite marks and other injuries that the nurses could not find a place to put an IV.
Although the judge has limited the public’s access to testimony by refusing to stream the trial, there is a camera in the courtroom and reporters Heather Moore and Kelli OHara are consistently tweeting for trial watchers who care about this important case. The testimony is bone chilling.
Even the tweets are harrowing.
As witness after witness testifies, the extent of Teghan’s ordeal becomes more vivid.
From Kelli OHara, WRAL:
And again…I ask, because it’s on everyone’s mind…WHERE WERE THE GRANDPARENTS DURING ALL OF THIS?
Finally, on Tuesday Richardson’s grandmother Helen Parish Creech took the stand and tried her best to offer excuse after excuse as to why she allowed this to happen on her property. She tried to explain why she allowed a 4 year old child to live in a shed behind her house with a man she claimed to fear but it all fell woefully flat.
HELEN PARISH CREECH: Offered weak, inadequate excuses for turning her back on Teghan Skiba time after time and leaving her to suffer in a shed at the hands of her violent grandson…
As it turns out Richardson had a history of arrests and abuse. If you believe the comments on local websites, both he and his grandparents are well known in the area. Richardson for causing a litany of havoc in his neighborhood growing up and Helen Creech for bailing him out, making excuses and looking the other way.
Who, out of any of us, would allow a child to sleep in a shed for one night much less weeks?
What kind of person wouldn’t go out there and remove the child, and demand that other arrangements be made and vow to call social services?
Interestingly, the comment sections under articles written locally seem to have posters providing clues as to the dynamics in that household.
You ask yourself…how can people who claim to go to church and be christians, turn their back on a 4 year old little girl, who is being forced to live in a shed on their property…with someone they know is dangerous?
The answer is…that there is no excuse. In no language, in no culture and in no way is it ever all right to keep a child in a shed!
BELOW: Comments from posters who claim to know the family…
“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!”
and another post…
“The neighbors out there say this guy was a problem child growing up, bullying others, even going so far once as to kill a neighbor’s dog when that dog was still on that neighbor’s property and wasn’t hassling him at all.
The grandparents bailed him out of mess after mess through the years, basically enabling him and making him.”
I found only one person defending the grandparents and as it turned out this poster was mis-informed. Helen Creech set the record straight on Tuesday when she testified…
Helen Creech DID KNOW that there was a child living in that shed. She knew because she testified that she knew. She also testified that she went out there to “invite them to lunch,” and knocked on the wall of the shed. She got no answer. When asked why she didn’t knock on the door she told the court that she saw excrement on the front step. What did she do when she encountered this alarming array of red flags? Nothing.
She went back to her nice home and ate her lunch.
What must Teghan have thought when she heard that knock on the wall?
Did she think someone was coming to save her?
Helen Creech did nothing of the sort, even though she noticed diarrhea on the front doorstep. Did she show one second of concern for the child who was living in the shed, with the grandson she was frightened of? Not at all. By her own testimony…not at all.
As a matter of fact she spoke as if she was more worried about dirtying her shoes and complained on the stand that she is a victim too because she has been through three years of Hell, as a direct result of her failure to do the right thing.
Helen Creech is no victim.
The shed where the Creech’s allowed 4 year old Teghan to live with their grandson. Helen Creech never even bothered to check on the 4 year old who was tortured and murdered by Jonathan Richardson over a period of 10 full days.
She knew. Helen Creech knew that Teghan was living in that shed.
She was Teghan’s last hope. Her last lifeline and she walked away from that shed and ignored the diarrhea on those steps and the silence from within and went back to her comfortable home and ate her lunch. Unimaginable to anyone with a heart.
After a parade of red flags Helen Creech takes the stand and plays a symphony of denials.
Just the fact that a 4 year old child is being kept in your shed with your permission…makes you a big part of the problem. In no way do I believe that there weren’t signs of this kind of behavior before.
This is what happens when people do nothing. Doing nothing can be just as horrible as aggressively causing harm.
Helen Creech could have been a hero…but the fact of the matter is that she cared only about her lunch. Red flags flying all over the place. Richardson’s criminal history, the child, the shed, all of it waving frantically in the air around that house. Helen Creech knew that Richardson was explosive and dangerous.
She just plain old couldn’t be bothered.
This story literally makes me sick to my stomach and it also causes me to fear for the future. A third world mud shack would have been more merciful then the shed behind the Creech’s home. The testimony only gets worse as the trial goes on, but this case is extremely important in my opinion.
If you believe a child is being abused it is your duty as a human being to report it, not only because they are helpless to do anything themselves but because the consequences are too horrific. This case is a grotesque example of what happens when people do nothing.
Yes there are monsters in this world.
You can read about the case on the WRAL archive below.
The trial of Jonathan richardson is expected to last from 4-6 weeks.