Couple Accused Of Abusing 5-Year-Old, Locking Her In Closet Face New Charges

Parents in Court on Child Abuse Charges

ASHEBORO, N.C. -- Adam Byrd and his girlfriend Crystal Carnahan are accused of beating, burning and starving Byrd's 5-year-old daughter. The young girl was found locked in a 2 foot by 4 foot closet filled with rat poisoning in their house in Randleman.

The two appeared in court on additional child abuse charges Monday. They were arrested last month on felony child abuse charges.

In September, Byrd and Carnahan were arrested for felony child abuse inflicting serious physical injury, assault with a deadly weapon and negligent child abuse serious injury. Both were sent to jail under a $350,000 bond.

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Now, Byrd and Carnahan are each facing 2 additional counts of felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury. The new charges come with a $1.5 million bond.

Carnahan and Byrd had their first appearance in court for the new charges on Monday. They were both assigned court-appointed attorneys.

According to the 5-year-old's step-grandmother, the little girl is still in DSS custody. 

The next court date for Byrd and Carnahan has not been set.

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