Malnourished and abused little girl, 5, found locked inside a small closet under family’s stairway: Police

North Carolina police found a little girl on Tuesday, malnourished and locked in a small closet in her home, reportedly by the hands of her own father and her caretaker.

FOX8 reports that authorities responded to a call for a welfare check at a home off of the 200 block of Back Street in Raleigh. The caller told a 911 dispatch operator that a child who lived in the home was being abused, both physically and mentally.

When police arrived to the home, no one answered the door. They also noted no cars were in the driveway. After knocking a few more times on the door, the deputies yelled out the child’s name and heard a response back from the girl.

The officers asked the girl if she was OK. When she replied that she was not, they entered the home through a window on the front porch. Once inside, the found the 5-year-old locked inside a small closet, measuring two-foot by four-foot, under a stairway.

Police noted that the child had bruises, cuts, and scratches all over her body. She was left inside the closet without food or water and appeared extremely malnourished. Authorities called a daycare worker, who arrived at the home and took the child to a local hospital. She was later transferred to the Brenner’s Children’s Hospital, and later into the custody of the the Randolph County Department of Social Services.

Authorities arrested the little girl’s dad, Adam Joshua Byrd, and Crystal Dawn Carnahan, the child’s supposed “caretaker.” Both suspects face charges of negligent child abuse with serious physical injury, assault with deadly weapon/serious injury, and intentional child abuse with serious physical injury.

Byrd and Carnahan remain in the Randolph County Jail with a secure bond of $350,000.

[Feature Photo: Randolph County Jail]