The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

November 9, 2012

Babysitter arrested in abuse of 2-year-old

FOR THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
FOR THE DAILY SOUTHERNER

TARBORO — A 20-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with felony child abuse and misdemeanor child abuse in connection with an incident involving the 2-year-old child she was supposed to be caring for.

Chelsey Elaine Speight, 374 Northwoods Country Road in Tarboro, was arrested Sunday, the same day the incident was reported to authorities.

Sheriff James Knight said the case is still under investigation and that additional charges could be filed.

Knight said there was additional information that has not been released because of the sensitivity of the case. While Speight’s arrest was made Sunday, it was not publicly disclosed until Thursday to allow authorities the opportunity to ensure others possibly involved in the incident could not flee.

Speight was placed in the Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $1,000 secured bond.