Pinetops, North Carolina- An Edgecombe County woman is facing felony child abuse charges, after being arrested by Edgecombe County Sheriff Deputies in Pinetops, North Carolina for felony child abuse and misdemeanor child abuse charges.
The mother of the toddler, says she left her 2-year old toddler, in 20-year-old Chelsey Speight’s custody when her daughter was severely beaten, burned and sexually assaulted.
The mother also says another man was in the home with Speight.
Speight was placed in the Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $1,000 secured bond. Which means she can pay a bail bondsman $100-$150 for her release. She reportedly made bond and was free on Monday.
Sheriff James Knight has released very limited details of the investigation, citing the sensitivity of the case and noting he didn’t want to impede on the ongoing investigation.
Speight’s freedom and the $1,000 bond have infuriated the mother, her family and the community of Pinetops, North Carolina.
The following is via WNCT.com:
Carla Draughn has four children. Her youngest daughter is a toddler, whom she calls her “Star”.
“She’s sweet,” Draughn says. “She’s smart. She’ll befriend everyone. She’s just a sweet, innocent two-year-old baby.”
Last Saturday night, the unthinkable happened to that sweet, innocent child.
“My baby is burnt up, raped, burnt with cigarette marks, beat half to death, bleeding from her brain, out of her ears,” Draughn says.
That night, she left Star in the care of Speight, whom she described as a close, trusted friend.
But when Draughn saw her child the next morning, she was beaten beyond recognition. We have pictures of little Star and her injuries, but we have chosen not to show them because they are so graphic and disturbing.
Draughn says Speight told her a dog attacked the toddler.
“This is my baby,” Draughn says. “This is my baby girl. Who would do something this bad to a two-year-old?”
Draughn says she believes another person was involved in the abuse. So, 9 On Your Side went to the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office to find out more.
Sheriff James Knight did not want to go on camera. He said because this is an ongoing investigation, he could not confirm nor deny anything Draughn told us.
However, he would tell us the State Bureau of Investigation is now involved and he expects to make more arrests soon.
As for little Star, her mother says she is slowly recovering.
“I just want justice for my baby,” Draughn says.
For now, the Department of Social Services has placed Draughn’s four children in the custody of their grandmother.
If anybody have any information about this case, you should call the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 641-7915.