Chattanooga man admits to rape of toddler

Chattanooga man admits to rape of toddler

July 25th, 2014 by Shelly Bradbury in Local - Breaking News

Michael Shelby Skellenger

A 27-year-old Chattanooga man was arrested Thursday after he admitted to raping a two-and-a-half-year-old girl.

Michael Shelby Skellenger was charged with aggravated rape of a child and is in jail on a $300,000 bond. The incident happened before midnight on July 14, according to the affidavit, and came to light the next day when the toddler told her grandmother that Skellenger assaulted her and hurt her.

The grandmother reported the rape and the girl was taken to the Children's Advocacy Center, where a nurse practitioner found bruising and hemorrhaging in the area of the assault.

When interviewed by Hamilton County deputies, Skellenger said he was drunk when he sexually assaulted the girl. He at first said he didn't remember the incident, but later described the assault in detail.

He said the girl started crying uncontrollably and he stopped and "hugged her very tightly" in an attempt to calm her down. The girl told police Skellenger had hit her when she cried.

Skellenger told deputies he was a monster for committing the rape.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press.