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John H. Walker
A 20-year-old Tarboro woman has been rearrested and a 41-year-old Macclesfield man arrested in connection with the sexual assault of a 2-year-old that was first reported to the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Department on Nov. 4.
Sheriff James Knight, on Tuesday announced that Chelsey Elaine Speight of 374 Northwoods Country Road had been rearrested and charged with accessory after the fact to assault inflicting serious bodily injury and two counts of accessory after the fact to first-degree forcible sex offense.
Also arrested was an Hispanic male identified as Cirilo Torido-Bastida of 1618 Hwy 42E, Macclesfield. Torida-Bastida has been charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury and two counts of forcible sex offense. He is being held under an $855,000 secured bond in the Edgecombe County Detention Center.
Speight, who was babysitting the toddler and a sibling at the time of the assault, is being held under a $355,000 secured bond in the Edgecombe County Detention Center.
Speight was initially arrested on Nov. 4 and charged with felony child abuse and misdemeanor child abuse. At that time, she was given a $1,000.00 secured bond for the felony charge and a $500 unsecured bond for the misdemeanor charge and reportedly bonded out the next day.
The victim’s mother, speaking at a Nov. 10 rally for justice in Pinetops, told The Daily Southerner she and Speight had known each other for two years and were accustomed to keeping each other’s children.
The mother said her daughter was sexually molested and beaten, had bites marks on her body as well as burns marks, which she described as chemical burns.
The mother said she took the victim and the toddler’s 4-year-old sister to Speight's house the night of Saturday, Nov. 3 at Speight's request for her to keep them. When the mother went to pick up her children, she said the 2-year- old was bruised beyond recognition.
The mother said Speight rushed her and her daughter to Vidant Edgecombe Hospital’s Emergency Department. At the emergency room, she said the doctors did a rape kit and found evidence of sexual assault and abuse. Her daughter was later transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, but has since been released and is recovering at the home of her grandmother.
The mother said she didn't expect Speight to allow anything to happen to her daughter.
"She told me that a dog did that to my child," she said. "Her dog couldn't have done the things that happened to my child. It looks like she had human bites on her arms.
Knight said his department worked on the case almost around the clock and asked SBI to rush the DNA testing on evidence samples.
"I have sympathy for this 2-year-old child," Knight said. "She didn't deserve this. As the sheriff of Edgecombe County, I'm going to make sure that every rock is uncovered until we arrest everybody who has anything to do with this incident. I ask the public to please bear with us as we investigate this incident. We are not taking this lightly. This is a very sensitive case and we are doing everything that we can to make sure everybody that is involved will be prosecuted."
(Staff writer Calvin Adkins and correspondent Van Holland contributed to this story.)