A Seven Springs couple is facing child abuse charges after their 13-year-old daughter was found wandering, confused and unclothed on N.C. 55 Monday morning.
Wayne County sheriff’s deputies arrested and charged Tehran Regina Richard, 40, and Ryan Hamilton Montague, 28, both of 208 Garland Drive, Seven Springs, Tuesday each with one felony count of child abuse by inflicting serious physical injury. Richard, the girl’s mother, and Montague, her stepfather, were transported to the Wayne County jail where each is being held under a $5,000 secured bond.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from a citizen Monday morning concerning a 13-year-old girl found on N.C. 55 near Seven Springs. Deputies reported the girl was found without clothes and appeared lost and confused. The juvenile told deputies someone kidnapped her, deputies said.
The girl was taken to Wayne UNC Health Care for treatment and an evaluation, sheriff’s deputies said. An investigation into the incident revealed that the child was not kidnapped but allegedly assaulted and abused by Richard and Montague, deputies said.
Capt. Shawn Harris, of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, said the girl had walked to the highway from her house. He said her family lives near the area where she was found on N.C. 55. Harris also said the girl was lost and confused but did not appear drugged. Harris did not know if the child was attending school or if she was homeschooled. Harris said the child did not go into specifics about the supposed kidnapping.
Harris said sheriff’s deputies are investigating how long the girl was abused. He said she sustained injuries consistent with abuse but declined to say what the injuries were.
The girl was placed in a family member’s care for safety, and the Wayne County Department of Social Services was notified. In an effort to ensure the child’s safety, Harris said he could not disclose the name of the family member who is caring for the girl.