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Mom With Disability, Child Held Captive For Years, Feds Say

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A woman with a cognitive disability and her daughter were held captive for over two years in an Ohio home where they were abused and made to perform manual labor, prosecutors allege.

The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio said this week that the woman identified as S.E. was made to clean, do laundry and shop. She and her child were beaten, denied food, threatened with pit bulls and snakes and forced to sleep in a room with a large iguana.

The woman’s captors took possession of her government benefit cards and PIN numbers and rarely gave her any of the money she was entitled to, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

Prosecutors charged Jordie L. Callahan, 26, Jessica L. Hunt, 31, and Daniel J. Brown, 33, with forced labor. Callahan is also charged with tampering with a witness.

Federal officials said Callahan and Hunt recruited S.E. and her child to live with them in a two-bedroom apartment in Ashland, Ohio. Authorities began investigating the situation last year after S.E. was caught shoplifting a candy bar and asked to be taken to jail saying that the people she lived with “were mean to her.”

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  1. Ilene Martin says:

    I just hope that when these people are put in prison tht the iguana goes into the cell with them! This story has made me sick to my stomach.

  2. KA101 says:

    Huh. Good that the police realized that someone *wanting* jail is a sign of Bad Things, and hoping that the DA/judge went easy on the shoplifting charge. (Yeah, SE may have committed the action of taking a candy bar w/o paying, though from this article it looks very much like she did so for the purpose of getting arrested, not to deprive the store of its candy bar. Thus, didn’t have the mental state necessary for retail theft.)

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