Police Rescue Malnourished 5-Year-Old Girl Locked in Closet Under Stairway in N.C. Home

Police found a malnourished 5-year-old girl locked in a small closet under a stairway at a home in Randleman, North Carolina, authorities said.

On Tuesday, officers conducted a welfare check for a child at a home in the 200 block of Back Street, according to a Randleman Police Department news release obtained by KTLA sister station WGHP in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Officers were told the child was being physically and mentally abused, and had gone to the home in an effort to locate the young girl.

Upon arrival, they found no vehicles in the driveway and it appeared no one was there.

Officers knocked on the door and received no response, so they began calling the child's name. Once they began yelling, they received a response.

They first asked the child if she was OK and the girl replied, "No." Officers then asked if she needed help and she replied, "Yes."

Officers then made entry through a front porch window and found the child locked in a 2-foot by 4-foot closet under a stairway. She had no food or water and appeared to be extremely malnourished with burns, scratches, and bruises all over her body.

The 5-year-old was taken from the home by a day care employee. She was transported to Randolph Hospital before being transferred to Brenner's Children's Hospital.

The child was placed in the custody of the Randolph County Department of Social Services.

Adam Joshua Byrd, who is the child's father, and Crystal Dawn Carnahan, who is a child caretaker, were arrested.

Byrd is charged with assault with a deadly weapon serious injury, intentional child abuse serious physical injury and negligent child abuse serious physical injury.

Carnahan is charged with assault with deadly weapon serious injury, intentional child abuse serious physical injury and negligent child abuse serious physical injury.

Both were taken to the Randolph County Jail on a $350,000 secured bond.