Pinetops NC – Edgecombe County woman facing felony child abuse charges – WNCT TV: The Role I Played That Lead To Me Being Cursed Out and Threatened: Part 1

Since 1993 when some children at SouthWest Edgecombe High School (SGA) Student Government Association called me to the school to help them solve a staged walkout because a white coach had grabbed a black student around the neck in the hall way. The SGA President was a white male and was leading the cause. Mrs. Nellie Hunter who recently passed played a major role in teaching the children how to be productive citizens and sources say she was the one who told them to call me on a Thursday night while I was in the NAACP NC State Conference of Branches State Convention in Greenville NC. I got the message on my car phone and I went to work on Friday morning at 5:00 AM and got off at 9:00 AM and went to the school. I videoed the meeting that was held outside the building in front of the lobby that morning. We later moved into the multi-purpse room and finished the meeting. Now don’t think I was the only one called there were other community leaders invited to attend also.

In 1993 I was 31 years old. During this time I was the 1st Vice President of the Rocky Mount NAACP. On Christmas Day I will be 50 years old which is 19 years later. So after all of these years I have been an advocate for children every day of my life, I mean every day and have not taken a day off from being a voice for children and the elderly. I have received countless threats over the years but I will trust in the Lord until I die.

Now back to the Edgecombe County woman facing felony child abuse charges – WNCT TV

A couple of days after the child abuse incident took place involving a child in Pinetops I was contacted by several folks. The first call came from a close friend shortly after midnight on Monday after the weekend in which the incident had occurred to ask me had I heard about it. I had not. The following day I received a message on Facebook from a young man who moved from here and attended college in another county in NC.

I have carried the burden of this young child being abused since I was made aware of it before the story was ran in the newspaper. I was concerned about the abuse but had not heard from the family but then I began to receive messages from several folks even some family members.

I am going to share with you 2 conversations from folks (including family members) who say they were concerned about the child abuse case.

A person sent me a Facebook message about the child abuse. He is a former resident of Edgecombe County but now lives somewhere else. See conversations.

November 6, 2012 Conversation with Person #1

Did you hear about the 2 year old black girl rap an beat an acid put on her eyes by a white male! In maclessfield

She is on life support right now

They found sperm on her an it was connected to a white male.

My response: Heard a little something about a child being beat and/or possibly raped but no other details.

Yes she was beat an tied Down with a belt an rap from front an back

My response: Damn that is sad. Have they locked up the male?

Nope he is in the military an he was the only white male there at the time. So he ran back to the military base an they are protecting him. They told the family they don’t have enough evidence to make him come in for a DNA test for the sperm found on the girl. It’s sad because dss took the mothers other kids because they said its her fault for letting a women watch her child with bipolar. So they punished the mother because she didn’t have her child in a day care. The little girl is on life support an her brain is bleeding an she was breathing 80% on her own but now she is breathing 70% smh

My response: Damn!

O yea I told them call NAACP

November 10, 2012

What is going why is everyone talking about you. What did you say to anger them

My response: Trying to get them to be quiet until the investigation is over.

No response from him.

My response: call me 252.314.5484 or 252.406.6510

No response from him.

My response: Did you get your answer since I haven’t heard from you.

However I see you read my response to you.

I read it but also I’m a busy man also I teach . . . an personal train people on the side. But i see your vision an I understand. They making it look like you talk bad about the whole family. I can talk more about it later I’m in a lunching with the city council of . . . .

Note: I edited the last comment because I don’t want to reveal my source.

My response: Okay

This is the last time I have communicated with this brother.
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November 10, 2012 Conversation with Person # 2

is there anyway you can help the Draughn family bring attention to what happened to the little 2yr old and get some action going?

My response: I need to know the details haven’t heard from anyone directly connected to the little girl. Someone sent me a chat but they don’t live here.

I heard they were talking about it on FM 92.1 today but I didn’t hear it.

I would need to find out what is going on from the family and then I would do my own homework (investigate) before I get involved in stuff like that.

well I can tell you this, it is . . . . Draughn’s 2 yr old granddaughter. she was raped and beaten and she is in the hospital in Greenville. She is doing good now. They know who did this but they have not arrested him. The family is starting feel like because it’s a black child and a white man did it they will not get any justice. The child’s name is …. and her mother’s name is Carla, but they call her Chelle. Also contact . . . . Draughn here on FB and I will tell her to contact you.

My response: Okay. I got a call a couple of days ago when this first happened and I was told who it was. I received a chat from someone in . . . . telling me their story.

I keep hearing they know who did it but what I am having a problem with is who know who did it? That is the part that is unclear.

If they have enough evidence then they would arrest him whoever he is.

Okay now the black white thingy. First of all folks need to understand the role the mother plays in this. This is beyond race.

Why did the white girl have the baby? Who knows how many guys were around the baby while she was keeping the baby?

A close family member gave me some input about the mother and the baby today.

I will not contact anyone but I will talk to anyone (family) who contacts me but I will be honest with them and share with them what I am hearing about the whole situation.

I got a call from the NAACP today that they got a call but this is not an NAACP issue.

When I assist people on issues such as this I will be open and honest because I will not allow anyone to make me look stupid because emotions run high and people tend to only tell one side of the story but I investigate.

I know . . . . grandmother real well been knowing her all of my life. I videoed her daughter’s funeral.

Tell them I will talk to them and give them the best advice about the situation from my opinion but they must be willing to accept my opinion.

November 11, 2012

After reading something on Facebook I responded and then sent this message to Person #2.

I removed it from your actual post so please respond via chat.

You say:

1. A two year old child has been severely beaten and abused and then a lie was told to cover it up.

Okay but who determined that?

2. Charges have been filed and more charges may be pending based upon a continued joint investigation with the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Dept and the SBI.

I am going to wait on this.

3. The children are with thier grandmother as a preventive measure as is standard in all child abuse investigations.

Really? What is standard is that what people don’t understand is when the hospital get involved they call Social Services and I am going to leave it at that.

4. The mother entrusted care of her child to someone she considered a friend and this was not the first time the young lady had cared for her child.

Okay so what that is not the deciding factor. It does not take but 1 time for an incident to happen.

5. The young lady who is actually at the center of this investigation has not been compelled to release the names of the other people who were in her home when this happened.

So if that be the case what can I do and you do to make her release the names of the other people. That is for the police to make happen.

6. The character of the mother has not been called into question by the police so therefore it should not be being questioned by the general public

From day one the character of the mother is in question for me and that is where I begin and that is at the root of the issue. The root for me is why was this white girl keeping the baby?

Now at this point what I would like to see, is our community come together and help one another get some answers and justice for this sweet little girl. If you can do something to help you should not wait to be asked you should be volunteering and if you cannot help then do not hinder.

Coming together and to get what answers. I have tried to help, I have asked that we wait on the SBI and the Edgecombe County Sheriff Office to release their findings.

I love you all with the love of Christ and we are having special prayer at our 2pm service this afternoon, I welcome you all to come Morning Star Holy Church 107 E Lashly St Pinetops, NC. Don’t meet me there beat me there.

I love you too however this is not about my love for you or your love for me but my love for the baby and if it is all about the child then what is being done productive that the child could benefit from this. If I was in control I would say let’s pray that all (everyone) who has played in role in this incident be brought to justice. Why not start a fund to be set aside that can not be touched until the child is eligible to get the funds.

Okay again if you have a problem with my response then delete it. But remember you contacted me and you made it known when I kept it to myself. However I just know you from being friends on Facebook.

I don’t have a problem with anything you said because you are entitled to your opinion. What I do take issue with is the way in which you responded. If you will note I simply said some people have gone too far to the right and too far to the left. I never named any names in anything I said and to be perfectly honest I was speaking more to my family than I was anyone else because many of the family members that are currently involved have small children and are thinking more with thier hearts than with thier minds which often happens in this type of situation. Now to address some of the points that you seem to call into question, we know it was not an animal that attacked the baby because there are no teeth marks on her body to support her being bit. The piece about standard procedures if you were to contact Edge. Co. Sheriff’s Dept. or DSS they would tell you that anytime there is an allegation of child abuse they will remove all children from a home until all questions have been answered. As for the young lady not telling who did this only she knows who was in here home during the hours that this event could have taken place and the Sheriffs dept has repeatedly said that there may be more charges pending. As for calling into question the mother’s train of thought in allowing to her children to be in this young lady’s home again we all must realize this is someone she called a friend and this was not the first time the two families have interacted. I am a firm believer that everyone is entitled to thier own opinion and also allowed to express said opinion, but at the same time respectfully request that you show respect if you want respect to be given. I have no intentions of unfriending you because I have known you to be an activist and informer and the reason I asked for your help on what could be done is because I thought you would be a viable resource. The one thing I ask in this is that you take a moment to think how you would feel if it had happen to one of your children. Would you really want someone questioning your personal judgement without knowing you and your situation and let’s remember that you have clearly stated you have not talked to either parent or grandparent so how can you pass judgement on people you don’t know. And as far as you knowing me personally I’m sure you would probably remember me more as a child than an adult because if my memory serves me correctly I do believe you to have been a friend of my father’s (. . . . . ) back in the day. I am his and . . . .  oldest child . . . . or . . . .  as I am known by a lot of my family. I do still respect your opinion and pray that you enjoy the rest of your day.

My response: But you are old enough to understand you don’t have control over how someone responds. We can either accept it or move on.

I don’t like it when people leave room for assumption because if you say what you mean then it will remove all doubt. You see you are obviously afraid to tell them they are thinking more with their hearts than their minds. Unlike myself I am straight to the point so don’t hold that against me.

Fact: It was stated that the mother is waiting on the findings from the rape report so I am far from concerned and have not given one thought about a dog. If that is what she told the magistrate so be it but we are at the stage of the rape kit so I ain’t concerned about the dog story.

I am constantly in contact with the Edgecombe County Sheriff Dept. and I know a little something about the DSS used to attend their meetings monthly and have family and friends that works with DSS.

I am concerned about this white 20 year old girl keeping this baby especially when I have been told by some of the same folks within your circle and my circle that she does drugs.

If this was one of my children I would follow the legal system and challenge it as I done with school issues. I won everyone of my battles thank you even got several principals and teachers fired but they ain’t going to give me credit for it and it does not matter because my mission was accomplished and I don’t need any glory, tv cameras and etc. You don’t see me in no photos or tv shots in all of the things I have done down to being in the room with President Obama and others.

I know your dad and your mom. We are suppose to be some kin.

What I will not do is compromise my integrity for no one not even my mom, dad and other family members. I don’t roll like that.

And finally some of the same folks that are in your circle and my circle have told me that the mother of said child do not deserve to have her children. They said they have told her she is going to get locked up behind this stuff and because of her life style. I have been told she has been to jail not long ago. So cous yes I question her character, your character and everybody character that I come into contact with and I tell them to question mines as well.

You just don’t know the things I have been told even from some of the family members so if I wanted to be show nuff nasty I could but I am waiting for the police findings.

You too have a blessed day.

my last point would be then to make it known that the things that you are saying is based on what you have been told by her own family members then your motives will not be called into question.

My response: No I am not because I am going to wait on the findings like I have continued to say. I don’t have to expose anyone I don’t roll like that. When you expose folks you lose that resource.

You see cous that is the difference between me and other folks who don’t know how to work the system The system works when you work the system but when you expose folks then you lose 99% of the time.

I don’t mind taking the heat. It ain’t about me my main concern is the child is out of the hospital and now I am waiting on the findings so that justice will prevail.

you have a vaild point there and you are right you work the system instead of letting the system work you.

My response: Since you want to talk about DSS, don’t you realize they are watching what is going on on the Justice page the activity in the community. I am sickened by what I heard took place after the gathering on yesterday. The celebration. How and why? That money should have been put aside and no one should have been able to touch it until the child herself could years down the road. That is real justice.

I wasn’t there yesterday so I don’t know anything about that. That’s why I asked people to come to church today for prayer.

My response: If ya’ll had listened to me you would not been waiting on the NAACP to host that March. I am talking about the gathering and what took place afterwards from what I have been told.

I listen to information that is shared with me and then I pick and choose what I feel could be real or not. I look at the people who share the information with me and I pick and choose who I feel are credible. However I don’t stop at one person’s information I check it out if I think it is credible.

Well I am going to be right here and my heart will be open.

The work I do is no joke I have been threatened many times and most recently yesterday.

I have verified several things that I feel will be revealed soon and I am going to see where all these folks are when they are needed most.

ok, I truly do understand that, I just wanted to clear up that I was not calling anybody in particular out because my views are my views and everybody doesn’t have to agree with them.

My response: Well I am going to be right here and my heart will be open.

The work I do is no joke I have been threatened many times and most recently yesterday.

ok, I truly do understand that, I just wanted to clear up that I was not calling anybody in particular out because my views are my views and everybody doesn’t have to agree with them.

My response: But you didn’t have to. Since I have been the topic of discussion so don’t you know I am not ignant to the fact you either put me on the left or the right.

no actually I didn’t put anybody in any category, I really just wanted to put facts out there to try and pull everybody back together so in all actuality I was really leaning more to your side except the thing about the mother. I do know that no matter what justice will prevail and the healing process has already begun for the baby and that’s the most important thing

My response: It has begun but you see with her name out there it will make the healing process somewhat difficult. Have you noticed I have never mentioned the child’s name nor the mother. I was told last night that one of the little girls sister if I am correct was asked by a teacher and others and the little girl said she was tired of everybody talking about this situation. Again just going by what I was told but I trust the source that told me.

Everytime I hear something like that I get more pissed.

I have not had anymore conversation with Person #2.

I have been cursed out and threatened so for those who have sent me messages, spoke to me in person from everyday folks to law enforcement that told me thank you for all that I do especially for trying to keep the community calm this is what I endured as it relates to this case. I posted a message on the Justice for . . . website after someone had added me to the group but obviously they didn’t want to hear truth so I was deleted. Matter of fact when I posted my comment I stated they probably would not like it and they could delete me if they like and sure nuff they did. Oh well didn’t stop me from speaking truth.

Read more:

Pinetops NC – 22 suspects jailed on multiple drug charges – Daily Southerner 

Pinetops NC: I Was Cursed Out And Threatened When I Responded To The Recently Child Abuse Case In Pinetops 

Pinetops NC – In Response To “Will There Ever Be Justice For . . . By Rev. Nehemiah Smith Jr. (The Weekly Defender) 

Pinetops NC – Two charged in brutal attack on Tarboro toddler – WRAL (Thanks Edgecombe County Sheriff Department And The SBI For An Awesome Job) 

Nehemiah Smith Jr. Responds To My Open Letter On Justice For . . . Facebook Page 

Ignant Column: Pinetops NC – Open Letter To Rev. Nehemiah Smith Jr. Editor The Weekly Defender Rocky Mount NC In Response To Your Speech At The Car Wash Concerning The Child Abuse Case 

Someone Called Me Last Night After 11:00 PM And Asked Me Did I See The News? White Girl Bond $1500 Black Parent Bond $200,000 

Pinetops NC: Family, friends rally for sexually assaulted girl – Daily Southerner 

Supporters look for answers in attack on Tarboro child – WRAL TV 

Update: Mother of abused toddler speaks out – WNCT TV 

Edgecombe County woman facing felony child abuse charges – WNCT TV 

Pinetops NC – In Response To “Will There Ever Be Justice For . . . By Rev. Nehemiah Smith Jr. (The Weekly Defender)

Note: I had written this response on yesterday and the 1st person I shared it with told me they would not give the Rev. any publicity. However since I read my response to this person I have received several messages asking me when was I going to respond because they wanted to hear my opinion. When I ran into one of my elderly faithful supporters this evening in a restaurant she was talking to me about this situation. I said I had written a response but had not posted it. Well oops here it is!

 

Will there ever be Justice for Star? (Opinion in The Weekly Defender)

by Nehemiah Smith, Jr.

It has been more than a week and the monsters that committed and were complicit in the sexual assault that shattered the innocence of a two-year-old Pinetops toddler now sit in the Edgecombe County Detention Center awaiting trial. Many believe that justice has been served because the perpetrators have been apprehended. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

 

(I have not spoke to one person who has stated that justice has been served just because the 2 people have been arrested. Anyone in their right mind ought to know that justice can not be served until the 2 people goes to trial and the verdict is rendered.

So I agree, “Nothing could be farther from the truth!”)

There is a more ominous issue that, in my opinion, may hinder this family’s quest for justice. The investigation aside, as well as all of the unfounded innuendo and misinformation, there are still those in our community who are bent on somehow laying the blame for this child’s attack at the mother’s door.

 

(How in the hell can you question the investigation when you have not been privy to those who have done the investigation? I would think that would be out of the norm for the investigators to share information with you to a large degree. So if they have shared anything with you it would be very small.

 

Unfounded and innuendo and misinformation? How in the hell can you determine that?

 

Hell yeah the mother plays a role in what has happened to this child be it voluntarily or involuntarily. Unless the mother can prove that she did not know the character of the female who was arrested then many will continue to question why these children were in the care of this 20 year old white female.

But inspite of all of that a parent is responsible for the welfare of their children. Sir as far as I know you don’t have any children so maybe you have a different outlook of a parent’s role than those of us who does. Maybe you are looking at it from a village standpoint and not from a parent’s role first and foremost. I am the father of 2 females and 1 male and I take full responsibility for the welfare of my children.)

When I first heard about this terrible incident, I had the opportunity to interview the child’s mother; and aside from the genuine pain, anger, and frustration in her voice, there was, just under the surface of her visible anguish, an inconsolable sense of guilt.

 

(So you interviewed the mother one time and you can determine that her pain is genuine. I hope so however considering the circumstances that is questionable and many are waiting to find out the whole truth. Well to me your observation is premature.)

And with that comes inevitable questions and second guesses.

“Why did I let this girl keep my child? Were there any warning signs that she was this type of person? Am I a bad mother?”

Those questions, though understandable, are really unfair.

 

(I be damn if the questions above is unfair in my opinion. One reason is because I have received many messages and have spoken to many who thinks the very questions are a concern of theirs. If I was approached by the mother to help her with this situation these are some questions along with many others that I would have for her. You see I would need to know much about the mother and the relationship with the 2 people arrested. I would do a thorough investigation on all involved, I repeat all and that would begin with the mother.)

There is an adage that says, “It takes a village to raise a child;” but, it takes that same village to protect a child.

 

(Damn I am confused you say, “It takes a village to raise a child;” but, it takes that same village to protect a child.” In my opinion this is one in the same. However I can’t help raise someone else child without the parent/s allowing me to. When I spend time with other folks children they tell me to treat them just like they are my own. I tell these children that they can hang out with my son and I if they keep their grades up and if they respect their parent/s in most cases it is the mothers who are raising these children.)

And when there arises a situation like this, it takes a village to support the family of the child and seek justice.

 

(You say it takes a village to support the family of the child and seek justice. This can only happen when I know the whole truth and when the legal system has been exhausted. Until that time there is nothing I can do.)

So, what would be justice in this case? Justice would be taking the necessary steps to insure that the magistrate who wrote the original $1500 bond never writes another bond in Edgecombe County (or any other county).

 

(Really? Can you share with me how you come to that conclusion? Did the magistrate break some law that I am unaware of? However I totally agree the bond may could have been set higher but then again I don’t know the guidelines for issuing bonds. I don’t know if the magistrate showed bias or not. But for me that is not my biggest concern.

 

Everybody that I have spoken to have an issue with the bond however as I stated in a previous response, I believe the bond would either be set higher and/or reduced depending upon the ongoing investigation. I don’t think anyone is concerned about the current bond after the investigation moved to the next level and the 2 were arrested.)

Justice would be that Chelsea Speight be charged with the same offenses as the sick individual who assaulted Star.

 

(How can you say Speight should be charged with the same offense? Obviously the investigation up until the point of the 2nd arrest do not show that she should be charged with the same offense because their bonds were different.)

Justice would be that these two individuals never breathe “free” air again.

More important to the movement for Justice for Star is that the community put aside its petty differences and divisiveness and come together in the spirit of unity.

 

(How can the community put aside its petty differences and divisiveness and come together in the spirit of unity when we don’t know the whole truth with this incident? When we learn the whole truth then we can make an informed opinion so until then we will not take your word as the gospel. Everyone I have spoken to, received emails, messages and etc. have stated they are for justice so that is not an issue. However they want to know the whole truth.)

In doing so, we send the clear message that we will not tolerate the abuse and exploitation of our children and that we will not accept the continued disrespect by the justice system when it comes to meting out justice for all.

 

(I am a little confused because everyone that I know do not tolerate the abuse and exploitation of our children and do not accept being disrespected by the justice system. So how did you come to that conclusion especially when the justice system has not ruled on this case?)

As a people, we are a mere shell of what we used to be. We seem to be afraid or unwilling to die for things that are worthwhile; but we kill each other over frivolous tomfoolery.

 

(So what about this case that brings you to the conclusion that we are afraid or unwilling to die for things that are worthwhile?)

Our forefathers fought, bled and died that we might be in a better place and position at this juncture in human history. And yet, it seems as though we are regressing and not progressing. Perhaps this is because there is more of a concern for the individual than for the whole.

 

(What? Damn I am confused?)

And as long as this is our reality, there will never be justice for Star or any of the other millions of bright Stars in our universe.

 

(As long as we have ignant damn college educated folks who think folks like myself who only has a high school diploma and/or less is more ignant than you are then there will be no justice.

 

This article is nothing but frivolous tomfoolery (in your words) and ignance at its best. Who are you to tell us how we should view this particular case when we do not have all of the details. I don’t know the mother nor the 2 people arrested so it would be ignant on my behalf to respond to the lack of justice when the trial has not begun and no verdict has been handed down.

 

What is sad is you are playing upon folks like myself intelligence by writing what some would think is a pretty good article but has little substance when it comes to justice for . . . .)

“It is better to be divided by Truth, than to be divided by Lies.” Author Unknown

Read more:

 

Ignant Column: Pinetops NC – Open Letter To Rev. Nehemiah Smith Jr. Editor The Weekly Defender Rocky Mount NC In Response To Your Speech At The Car Wash Concerning The Child Abuse Case

Pinetops NC: Family, friends rally for sexually assaulted girl – Daily Southerner

Supporters look for answers in attack on Tarboro child – WRAL TV

Someone Called Me Last Night After 11:00 PM And Asked Me Did I See The News? White Girl Bond $1500 Black Parent Bond $200,000

NAACP Hosting A March In Pinetops Is A Lie!

Child abuse

Pinetops NC – Two charged in brutal attack on Tarboro toddler – WRAL (Thanks Edgecombe County Sheriff Department And The SBI For An Awesome Job)

Tarboro, N.C. — A 2-year-old child beaten beyond recognition at a babysitter’s house in Tarboro earlier this month was also sexually assaulted, authorities said Tuesday, after charging two people in the attack.

Cirilo Torido-Bastida, 41, of Macclesfield, faces two counts of first-degree forcible sex offense and one count of assault inflicting serious bodily injury. He was placed in the Edgecombe County jail Tuesday under a $855,000 secured bond.

Chelsey Elane Speight, 20, of Tarboro, was charged with accessory after the fact on all three counts and placed in the Edgecombe County jail under a $355,000 secured bond. (More)

Response: Well the Edgecombe County Sheriff Department said the findings would be released. I was willing to wait for the findings and had no reason to question their statements each time they spoke with the media.

I stated that if the findings released showed that the white female deserves a higher bond that it will happen. So the charges for the female are different than the previous charges so therefore the bond was set higher this time. (Did anyone notice the new picture of the female?)

I am so glad that folks like Rob Redmond gets it when he said that, Justice isn’t always served instantaneously. And though my support was there & I would have been honored to have led the charge, I never signed the petition. The reason is because after a few days, I realized that the investigation was still ongoing. To me, there was never a need for a petition until the investigation was complete AND justice had not been served.”  I totally agree with this brother however I realized it day one that the investigation was ongoing.

I am ashamed of some of the events and conversations that have taken place in the name of JUSTICE. Do anyone understand that this is just the beginning of a situation that is going to continue for quite some time? Do anyone understand what is going to take place in the next couple of days, weeks and years to come? I don’t think so. However again I am going to ask you to let’s talk about it especially those who have cussed me out when all I did was trying to make people understand that they needed to wait for the SBI and the Edgecombe County Sheriff Office to release their findings.

It is a damn shame that some folks want to make our fine Edgecombe County Sheriff Department look like the victim when they are sworn to serve the public. I strongly feel that our Edgecombe County Sheriff Department did an awesome job preparing the evidence while keeping the integrity of the office in check.

The following quotes from the Daily Southerner Monday November 12th Edition are right on point: “Sheriff James Knight has released very limited details of the investigation, citing the sensitivity of the case and noting he didn’t want to impede on the ongoing investigation.” 

“Knight said his department has been working almost around the clock to solve this horrendous crime. He said DNA samples have been sent to SBI. Routine DNA samples take up to two weeks or more for the lab work to return. Knight asked for special treatment in this case and said he is expecting the results back by this week.”

"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 involve will be prosecuted."

Now with that being said by our fine Edgecombe County Sheriff Department there have been some folks who have been very disrespectful. I have a problem with our Sheriff Department being disrespected because I know we have one of the best, if not the best Sheriff Department within the state of North Carolina. I have not read one comment whereby some of these folks who say they want Justice, thanking our fine Sheriff Department and the SBI for their work. However I did read whereby one person wanted to thank the people who came together putting pressure on the people to handle the case, not! The case was being handled whether the people came together or not. So let’s don’t get it twisted.

Rev. Nehemiah Smith editor of The Weekly Defender said at the gathering at the Pinetops Car Wash he understood the Sheriff Department had a job to do but they could show their face. Well Rev. I stand by my Sheriff Department and I appreciate how they handled this case. The Edgecombe County Sheriff Department, the ministers, the NAACP, elected officials and community leaders not showing up at the Car Wash had no bearing on this case whatsoever because the evidence was in the hands of the SBI. You see Rev. when you have a gathering of such, if you really seeking justice you would have invited the SBI and/or the Edgecombe County Sheriff Department to come and assure the people that they are working on the case.

Now I am going to be waiting patiently to see what happens next because my resources tell me that this is going to get ugly.

Someone called me tonight as I was walking in the SouthWest Edgecombe vs Nash Central Basketball game to ask me had I seen the news. I said no. They begin to tell me about the arrests. I said thanks I will pull it up on my phone but about that time I had got a text message from WRAL about the arrests. I was happy to know that the findings had been released and the arrests had been made because I am ready for this case to go to the next level.

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Ignant Column: Pinetops NC – Open Letter To Rev. Nehemiah Smith Jr. Editor The Weekly Defender Rocky Mount NC In Response To Your Speech At The Car Wash Concerning The Child Abuse Case

Pinetops NC: Family, friends rally for sexually assaulted girl – Daily Southerner

Supporters look for answers in attack on Tarboro child – WRAL TV

Someone Called Me Last Night After 11:00 PM And Asked Me Did I See The News? White Girl Bond $1500 Black Parent Bond $200,000

NAACP Hosting A March In Pinetops Is A Lie! 

Edgecombe County woman facing felony child abuse charges – WNCT TV

Child abuse

Nehemiah Smith Jr. Responds To My Open Letter On Justice For . . . Facebook Page

In response to: Ignant Column: Pinetops NC – Open Letter To Rev. Nehemiah Smith Jr. Editor The Weekly Defender Rocky Mount NC In Response To Your Speech At The Car Wash Concerning The Child Abuse Case

I thought it was about Justice for Star

I usually wouldn’t respond; but, after a call from a friend and another from a colleague, and after having an opportunity to read Mr. Curmilus Dancy’s post, I relented. There are number of “points” made by Mr. Dancy with which I take exception.

Does who the family is, who the friends and associates are, where the people live, and who they hang out with, take away from the fact that the little girl was assaulted? I contend that these factors don’t matter. The young girl’s mother could be the worst mother ever and that does not take away from the fact that the child was assaulted.

(I did not mention the child’s name nor the mother in my open letter so again showing his ignance.)

Mr. Dancy wrote, “Rev. you know I know you don’t care for Rev. Andre Knight President of the NAACP so you have found another avenue to attempt to make him and our branch look ignant. Well sir again you have been consistent because you continue to make yourself look ignant. You see I posted on my blog the NAACP was not going to show up that I had spoke to Rev. Andre Knight and the State President Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II but no you go to this meeting and talk about we should have been there.”

Believe it or not Mr. Dancy, this situation is not about Mr. Knight, you, or me. It’s about a child who was assaulted and how the person whose care she was in at the time got a $1,500 bond. Ministers, community and political leaders, the NAACP, and others didn’t show up. Okay. It just makes me wonder what would have happened to the adulterous woman if Jesus hadn’t shown up. How much longer would the man have lain at the pool of Bethesda if Christ wouldn’t have decided to stop by? How much longer would the buses in Montgomery have remained segregated if Rosa Parks had not taken a seat? Had the Rev. Dr. William Barber not spoken up and out about the inequities proposed by the Wake County School Board, how much longer would they have gone unchecked? But in each of the instances that I mentioned, the individuals understood and subscribed to one of the noblest of understandings, perhaps best put forth by philosopher Jeremy Bentham, "It is the greatest good to the greatest number of people which is the measure of right and wrong."

(More ignance. Like I said you don’t pick and choose those you name battles. If it was okay why in the hell did you call those names out? Why didn’t you just talk about the baby but hell no you talked about who didn’t show up and they needed to be put in check. Comparing all of that other stuff to this case is just ignant.)

Was it wrong that the aforementioned groups and individuals didn’t show up? Perhaps, then again, what I said was my opinion. Whether people subscribe to it is up to them. But even my opinion doesn’t overshadow the fact that a two-year-old child was assaulted.

(But if it was all about the child why in the hell did you go there? Again more ignance. When the SBI and the Edgecombe County Sheriff Department release their findings then and only then is when we can have somewhere to begin but right now we don’t know who assaulted the child.)

And as for the revelation that you don’t buy my paper, that’s okay too. There are many who do. The Weekly Defender if doing great; thank God. And still, this two-year-old innocent child deserves justice.

(The Weekly Defender doing great? That’s good but I seen a lot of papers lying around today. Oh hell yeah I think I can speak for all of those you named that “this two-year-old innocent child deserves justice!” But until there is a name attached to the assault what in the hell do you have?)

When the SBI and the Sheriff’s Department release their findings, I will report them. No matter what they say or where they may lead. The issue here is that a two-year-old child was assaulted. So, whoever did it, may they be brought forward to answer for their crimes.

(So in the meantime you have the time to talk about other folks not showing up because you did. I ain’t mad with you for showing up but damn it now don’t get mad because I didn’t.)

Finally, you said, “Rev. I don’t appreciate you coming to Pinetops and misleading my people when I tried to be truthful with them and not selling them a bunch wolf tickets. Yeah some got mad with me but one thing about it at the end of the day truth will stand.”

I never questioned your sincerity. I’m sorry Moses (just a little levity here; let’s not get too serious). However, the real issue here is that an innocent two-year-old child was assaulted and she deserves justice. I read somewhere that some common traits among successful leaders are their ability to deflect praise, accept blame, and shun self-aggrandizement.

(I’ll take that being called “Moses” that is something you have been consistent about since moving here and attacking folks who are doing things in the community unlike your want a be ignant ass.)

As I stated earlier, I usually wouldn’t respond; and the only reason I had not responded is because I was unaware of the post until someone who reads your blog told me about it. That said, I wish you the best in your continued efforts to realize some semblance of justice in your community. I will continue to do the same; and I know that no matter where the investigation leads, we both want justice for the innocent two-year-old girl who was assaulted.

(Yeah you said that in my last open letter to you that someone told you but as long as you got the message that was my mission.)

Be blessed.

(Likewise my brother.)

Nehemiah Smith, Jr.

Ignant Column: Pinetops NC – Open Letter To Rev. Nehemiah Smith Jr. Editor The Weekly Defender Rocky Mount NC In Response To Your Speech At The Car Wash Concerning The Child Abuse Case

First of all you know me and I know you. You have my phone number and other contact information so sir since you didn’t take the time out to contact me so I am going to post my response on my Blog which automatically goes to my Facebook Page and Twitter account.

Rev. Nehemiah Smith Jr. who are you referring to when you say other groups they ought to had been at the Car Wash in Pinetops on Saturday evening?

Okay you said put the ministers in check, community leaders in check, put the NAACP in check because they are not here. You said the elected officials show up every 4 years when they want your vote. You said when I need you most you can’t be found.

You said you understand the Sheriff Office has to do his job and wait on the investigation and there is nothing they can really do but they could show up. You repeated just show your face.

You said people ought to be willing to die for something or fall for anything. What? Is this really about dying for a cause?

Then after all of the above bull manure then you finally said something that made sense. If on Facebook you don’t know what is going on just be quiet until the investigation is over. You said nobody knows but the child and the person who did it. You said be there for the child and the mother if they need something.

Rev. I do not live in the city limits of Pinetops however I do consider myself a community leader in Edgecombe County which includes Pinetops. I am a Life Fully Paid Member of the NAACP.

Rev. I support my Sheriff Office and I played a major role in the appointment during the election of the current Sheriff dating back to 1996. At any time when I have issues with the Edgecombe County Sheriff Department I pick up the phone and contact them and I share my concerns.

Rev. my question to you is who in the hell do you think you are? You don’t think we can pick and choose our battles?

Rev. before I get involved with others I investigate the folks be it family, friends/associates and other who are involved so I will know who I am dealing with. I then investigate the issue so that I can attempt to find out all sides of a story. I will not allow folks to make a damn fool out of me. Now if you choose to operate like that then so be it but Rev. you know me and I know you and I must say that you have been consistent.

Rev. you know I know you don’t care for Rev. Andre Knight President of the NAACP so you have found another avenue to attempt to make him and our branch look ignant. Well sir again you have been consistent because you continue to make yourself look ignant. You see I posted on my blog the NAACP was not going to show up that I had spoke to Rev. Andre Knight and the State President Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II but no you go to this meeting and talk about we should have been there. How ignant. On top of all of that I have stressed that this is not a NAACP issue at the moment.

Rev. can’t wait for someone to give me one of your papers because I have refused to buy one because you continue to show just how ignant you can be.

But Rev. whenever you have a problem with me please post it somewhere or contact me however it does not matter because when I find out about it I will respond. Actually I was hoping you were going to come up to me at the Princeville meeting on Monday night, you normally do when we attend the meetings. So since you didn’t here we go.

And then I want to see what you print in your newspaper after the findings are released by the SBI and the Edgecombe County Sheriff Department. Rev. that is where I stand and if you were a good journalist you would have waited for all sides to report in. 

Rev. I don’t appreciate you coming to Pinetops and misleading my people when I tried to be truthful with them and not selling them a bunch wolf tickets. Yeah some got mad with me but one thing about it at the end of the day truth will stand.

Being Ignant

“Know that being ignant is not always a bad thing, however it is a bad thing when you don’t do anything about it especially when you are trying to discredit others. Know what you are talking about when you open your mouth so you will not make a damn fool out of yourself.” Curmilus Dancy II The Political Agitator Tuesday April 3, 2012

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Pinetops NC: Family, friends rally for sexually assaulted girl – Daily Southerner 

Supporters look for answers in attack on Tarboro child – WRAL TV

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NAACP Hosting A March In Pinetops Is A Lie!

Child abuse

Pinetops NC: Family, friends rally for sexually assaulted girl – Daily Southerner

TARBORO — PINETOPS — "I want justice for Star. I don’t care if it kills me I’m going to fight for it,"
That was the cry of the child’s mother Saturday during a rally in town for her 2-year old daughter, who was allegedly sexually assaulted and physically abused last weekend. (More)

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Someone Called Me Last Night After 11:00 PM And Asked Me Did I See The News? White Girl Bond $1500 Black Parent Bond $200,000 

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Child abuse

Supporters look for answers in attack on Tarboro child – WRAL TV

Tarboro, N.C. — It is unclear what happened the night of Nov. 3 at Chelsey Elane Speight’s house. She was babysitting two children for a friend. When the mother returned, her 2-year-old had been beaten beyond recognition.

"It didn’t even look like her to me. It didn’t even look like her," she said. (More)

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Someone Called Me Last Night After 11:00 PM And Asked Me Did I See The News? White Girl Bond $1500 Black Parent Bond $200,000

Last night someone called me and asked me did I see the news. Actually this was the 2nd caller. I said I didn’t but I will look it up online.

The caller asked me what was the difference in the following cases that came on TV in the order listed as follows. I had to explain to them how I received the  following information. You see I have no control of how others receive information as presented.

Link 1 Supporters look for answers in attack on Tarboro child 

Link 2 Raleigh mother accused of beating 8-month-old child

Okay now this is just my opinion and I stand behind it. Folks I do my homework and I research issues before I respond to people.

In the 1st link the child is black and a 20 year old white girl bond was set at $1500. The white girl 20 years old is not the mother and from what it appears it is unclear who abused the child. The article says a distraught mother comes to 9 On Your Side after, she says, someone severely beat, burned and sexually assaulted her two-year-old daughter. She did not say the white girl did it so how can I question the bond with the facts as presented?

So how do I actually know if the white girl did anything to the child since in the article it states that another male was in the house. What I do believe is that there is a lot of unanswered questions because it says there will be more arrests. So until the SBI and the Edgecombe County Sheriff Department release their findings I can not operate on opinion but only on the facts that has been in the media. I refuse to react on what is being presented in the streets from friends of the mother who says there are concerned.

I am totally pissed by all of this because I have been an advocate for children since the early 90’s. I do not react to children issues until I get all sides of the story and then I weigh all sides and then I can make an informed comment.

In the 2nd link the mother is black and the bond set at $200,000. The mother faces one count of child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury. So in my opinion the bond was set at this amount because they had enough evidence,  the mother may have admitted to the abuse and etc. I don’t know because I have not investigated the story and the only way I could truly comment is to research this.

So there you have it, this is how I operate acting on facts as presented. Don’t mean that I agree with everything that is presented in some cases but when I do not agree with it I research the information and then I address it.

I am for justice/truth no matter who it is for or against so that means that I am with you or against you.

“I have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interest!”

I am Curmilus Dancy II and I stand behind what I say.

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NAACP Hosting A March In Pinetops Is A Lie!

NAACP hosting a march in Pinetops is a lie. I am a Life Fully Paid Member of the Rocky Mount Branch NAACP. I have been in contact with the President Andre Knight and Lewis Turner member and they are not aware of any march to be hosted today. This must be approved by the NC NAACP State Conference of Branches where Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is our State President. I have contacted him and he has

assured me that a march has not been approved by the State Office.

Those of you who want Justice I repeat you need to wait on the SBI and the Edgecombe County to release their findings because you may learn that this picture is bigger than what you don’t know however some of you are just in denial. But you gonna learn the day.

I am for justice/truth no matter who it is for or against. That means I am for you or against you.

I will say it is funny how no one from the family has asked me for any advice but in the past the family has contacted me on other issues. Imagine that!

Well it ain’t about the family for me but my concern lies with the baby.

I am Curmilus Butch Dancy II and I stand behind everything I say.

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Update: Mother of abused toddler speaks out – WNCT TV

Response: So what is wrong with this picture? Why have social services removed the other children from the mother’s custody? I am concerned about that. More arrest coming? Wonder who that going to be? I have an idea but going to wait until the SBI and the Edgecombe County Sheriff Department release their findings.

PINETOPS, N.C. – A distraught mother comes to 9 On Your Side after, she says, someone severely beat, burned and sexually assaulted her two-year-old daughter.

So far, Edgecombe County deputies have arrested and charged 20-year-old Chelsey Speight with Felony Child Abuse. But they say more arrests are coming. (More)

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Edgecombe County woman facing felony child abuse charges – WNCT TV

Edgecombe County woman facing felony child abuse charges – WNCT TV

Okay let’s deal with the whole picture. I get so sick and tired of folks getting all emotional after the fact. Hell many times the same folks who claim they are so concerned are just as guilty because what in the hell did you do about the situation before it came to this point?

TARBORO, N.C. – An Edgecombe County woman is facing felony child abuse charges, after a child in her custody was sexually assaulted and beaten.

The child’s mother tells us her two-year-old daughter was in 20-year-old Chelsey Speight’s custody when she was severly beaten and sexually assaulted on Tuesday. The mother also says another man was in the home with Speight. 

Edgecombe County Deputies tell us Speight was arrested and charged with Felony Child Abuse and Misdemeanor Child Abuse.  She was given a $1,000 bond for the felony charge and a $500 bond for the misdemeanor charge. 

The child is expected to be okay.

More arrests are expected.  (More)

Response: I got a phone call late Monday night about the incident above. On Tuesday I received a chat message on Facebook about this issue from someone who was concerned about the situation.

Now the last couple of days I have been reading bits and pieces about the situation and on yesterday I began to receive messages asking me did I know about the situation and what could I do. I have also had a couple of face to face conversations with a couple of folks. I have also received a call from the NAACP.

As it relates to the NAACP this is not a NAACP issue as it stands.

Well folks anyone that knows me know I do my homework. I am totally pissed about what I am hearing as it relates to this situation.

First I am going to respond to the above media report and give you my opinion of the report and what people are saying.

First of all the article said the woman is facing a felony child abuse charge. I repeat facing. So to me that means the investigation is still going on and when they get enough evidence they will actually charge the woman with a felony charge.

I received the call on Monday night and the chat message on Tuesday so when did the situation actually occur?

I would think that after the Edgecombe County Deputies get enough evidence the charges will either increase or decrease for this woman.

Now I have been hearing people say the charges should be more. But I would think the charges are based on the evidence at hand. The above does not state that the woman is the person that actually did this to the child and it mentions that another man was in the home. So what does that mean? I don’t know I was not there.

Okay now I will share briefly what I have heard, I don’t know because I don’t know these folks but I do know some of the family members of the child involved.

There are 3 sides to this story the mother, the accuser and the police. Now I am going to give my side which actually means nothing and has no bearing on the situation but I can give my opinion and it is up to others how they accept it.

So my concerns are why was this black child in the custody of a 20 year old white girl? The mother do not have any black family and/or friends that could have kept the baby? But since she chose to deal with the white girl let’s don’t make this a race issue.

So what is the character of the mother? I have been told the mother has been leaving the child with anyone.

So what is the character of the white girl?

I understand that drugs have been mentioned as it relates to the mother and the white girl.

So who knows where the actual abuse took place, who can come forward and say they were there? So how do I know if the situation took place while in the custody of the white girl or while the child was with the mother?

What is really pissing me the hell off is from what I have heard from folks I have spoken to they knew there are some issues surrounding the welfare of this child so what in the hell did these folks who are so concerned and call themselves friends of the mother do about making sure the child was in a safe environment? You see it should not be about the mother but the welfare of the child so if you know the child has been left in some bad situations what did you do to make sure it didn’t happen again. I have no friends who do not be open and honest with me because I am going to be open and honest with everyone I come in contact with. I don’t give a damn how they receive it.

So is anyone concerned about the welfare of this child when the child is released from the hospital? Do you know where the child will end up and with whom?

Now I am for justice for this child but seeking justice for the child means everyone involved must pay a price. This means I question why the child was left with a 20 year old white girl. She do not look like she is a stable person so why?

If we are so concerned about justice for this child then let’s start at the root of the issue up until the point the child was abused. If you want true justice then I hope you will accept the outcome whatever it may be when the investigation is over.

What we have got to do is to be open and honest with everyone because we have got to send a message to black parents that you must lay down all the bull manure when you bring a child in the world because it ain’t about you anymore. If you ain’t ready to be a parent then do not put your child in harms way. I do not condone ignant ass parents because the child can be put in the custody of someone who can give them a safe environment to the best of their ability.

If you truly want justice then you will join me and do your own research to get to the bottom of this situation and to allow law enforcement to complete the investigation and we can then weigh all sides. Right now I am getting one side the family side. The street side is irrelevant because the only thing that will matter is the family side, the accuser side and the law enforcement side.

So there you have it for those who have contacted me and for those who want to contact me to talk about the situation.

I have always heard the truth will set you free.

We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth… For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it: Patrick Henry

"Ah yes, truth. Funny how everyone is always asking for it but when they get it they don’t believe it because it’s not the truth they want to hear.": Helena Cassadine

I welcome all comments that makes sense I will not approve any ignant comments.