A 12-year-old girl was held hostage for a week in a mobile home that also contained the remains of her mother and brother, which led to the arrest of the woman’s boyfriend, officials said on Thursday.
The girl, who chewed on shackles to escape the house while the man was away, “is a hero for providing the information she provided to us to avoid this incident and to accuse her.”Talaposa County Sheriff said, Jimmy Abbett.
The girl, who was discovered on a country road by a passerby on Monday after fleeing, is now safely in the custody of state child welfare authorities.
The girl, who was beaten and given alcohol to keep her in an unconscious state, broke the shackles tied to the bed and ran away.Officials reported in court documents.
Jose Paulino Pascual ReyesThe 37-year-old was charged with several counts of kidnapping and murder in connection with the death of the girl’s mother, Sandra Vazquez Seja29, and his son, who was below 14 years of age as per court records.
“They Were A Couple”Abbott said of Pascual Reyes and Seja. “In fact, they all lived together.”
Abbett said the kidnapping charge alleges that the girl was held hostage against her will, not that she was physically abducted elsewhere and brought home.
The girl was abducted on July 24 when her mother and brother were murdered., according to officials. Police found two mutilated bodies in the trailer after the girl escaped on Monday morning.
Abbett declined to comment on whether the girl knew what happened to her mother and brother during the abduction, but dismembered remains were found inside the home.
Pascual Reyes was arrested Monday night while working at a construction site in Auburn, more than 20 miles from the mobile home. He is being held without bail.