Child abuse charges filed after naked 13-year-old girl found on 55

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A citizen who alerted authorities about a young unclothed girl walking down N.C. 55 near Seven Springs is credited with opening an investigation that led to the parents of the child being jailed on charges for felony child abuse inflicting serious injury.

The 13-year-old was transported by emergency personnel to UNC Health Care in Goldsboro for evaluation and treatment.

She was placed in custody of Wayne Social Services and her parents were jailed after a probe was opened.

Investigators said when they got the call the caller said the child appeared confused.

Arrested were 28-year-old Ryan Hamilton Montague of 208 Garland Drive, Seven Springs, and 40-year-old Tehran Regina Richards of the same address.

Bond for the pair was set at $5,000 each.

Initially, the girl told investigators she was lost and had been kidnapped, but officials said their investigation proved that to be unfounded.

They further said their investigation revealed the assault and abuse was result of child abuse by the girl’s mother and stepfather.

The girl was eventually placed in the custody of a family member for her safety, investigators said.

“Due to the sensitive nature of this case, which is an ongoing investigation, no other information will be released at this time,” said Capt. Shawn Harris with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

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