Two sentenced to prison in North Carolina child abuse case

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ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) — Two North Carolina people were sentenced to prison Friday in a child abuse case from 2017 involving a 5-year-old girl who was malnourished and locked underneath a staircase.

The Randolph County District Attorney’s office said Adam Byrd was sentenced to between 16.5 years and 20 years in prison, while Crystal Carnahan was given a sentence of between 14 and 17 years, WGHP reported.

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Police said officers doing a welfare check in September 2017 found the child locked in a 2-foot by 4-foot (0.6 meters by 1.2 meters) closet under a stairway.

The officers were responding to reports that a child was being abused. According to police, the girl was extremely malnourished and had burns, scratches, and bruises all over her body.


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Byrd, who is the girl’s father, and Carnahan pleaded guilty to two counts each of intentional child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.

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