Saturday, August 25, 2012

Teenage Girl Held Captive Three Years in Illinois Escapes

 Again: a young girl held captive, beaten,  raped, finally escapes. I have to wonder, How many of these are undetected?
Three years of captivity resulted in a child. Unimaginable.

 Elizabeth Smart. Phillip Garrido and Jaycee Lee Dugard
The Chicago Tribune video and story HERE
The 2 year old boy in the house is taken away

"... A teenager held captive in a house for more than three years before escaping with a relative's help initially went there voluntarily but wasn't allowed to leave when she wanted to go home, an Illinois police chief said Friday.
...the 19-year-old St. Louis woman bolted from the home Monday and told investigators her time in captivity included almost daily beatings and sexual assaults. One of those attacks resulted in a now-2-year-old boy rescued when a police SWAT team raided the home Thursday and arrested a 25-year-old man and his mother, Clark said.
The police chief said the three days between the teen's report and the raid on the home was largely spent substantiating her story. Clark also said investigators were working a separate sexual-assault case and lacked the manpower to go any faster.
...St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly, the county's top prosecutor, told The Associated Press on Friday that conditions in the home were "definitely deplorable."
Initial evidence suggests that "some of the details are consistent with what the young lady is saying, and I think there's something to it." he said. "We're still trying to figure out what the heck is going on."
Clark said the teenager met the man socially "through someone else when they were partying, and a relationship built," eventually leading to her visit of his home about the time she was reported missing.

The trubune also reported, "The young woman has told police she repeatedly tried to escape the house, which is on Washington Park's busiest street and next door to a convenience store, just a half mile from a freeway. But her captor chased her down each time and forced her back to the home at gunpoint, Clark said."

It seems to horrible to contemplate. we know that many women, many children, some men lead lives of quiet pain, assault, desperation and abuse.
(more click here and here)

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