Teen mother attacked with baseball bat in Asheboro home invasion

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A 17-year-old mother is recovering at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after Asheboro police say she was attacked with a baseball bat inside her home early Friday morning.

“She loves working, she loves life, she's a kind person, there is no reason for anybody to do that,” said David Newsom, the teen’s dad.

Newsom told FOX8 that his daughter, Jessica Welch, is usually focused on work, school and taking care of her 1-year-old daughter.

Welch has two broken arms, a broken wrist and staples in her head.

Asheboro police have arrested and charged Joshua Padgett with assault with a deadly weapon intent to kill and robbery with a deadly weapon. They also arrested Rebecca Parham and charged her with helping plan the attack.

Newsom says Welch had a lot of cash inside the home because she was saving to buy a car.

“She was so upbeat yesterday when she got off work because she had finally saved the $600 she was telling them that she was going to look at buying a car, they knew she had the money and they were after it,” Newsom said.

Newsom says Welch’s daughter was in the room when the attack happened. “She ended up with her arms broke trying to shield my granddaughter. It's horrible,” he said.

Despite the severe injuries, doctors expect Welch to recover, but her family worries she won’t be able to work and has set up a GoFundMe page to help with medical costs.

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