A 12-year-oldin a cell house with what turned out to be the decomposing, dismembered stays of her mom and brother offered key data that of the lady’s live-in boyfriend, authorities stated Thursday.
The lady, who gnawed by way of restraints to flee from the residence whereas the person was away “is a hero for surviving the incident and coming ahead with the data that she offered us in an effort to cost him,” stated Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett.
Found alongside a rustic street by a passerby following her escape on Monday, the kid is now protected within the custody of state little one welfare officers. Her braces had been broken from the chewing and marks on her wrists indicated she’d been tied up, authorities stated.
Assaulted and plied with alcohol to maintain her in a stupor, the lady fled after chewing by way of the ties that held her down on a mattress, authorities stated in court docket paperwork.
José Paulino Pascual-Reyes, 37, was charged with kidnapping and a number of counts of capital homicide within the slayings of what authorities stated had been the lady’s 29-year-old mom and her son, who court docket information present was youthful than 14.
“They had been boyfriend and girlfriend,” Abbett stated of Pascual-Reyes and the lady’s mom. “They had been truly dwelling there all collectively.”
The kidnapping cost alleges that the lady was held hostage in opposition to her will, not that she was bodily kidnapped from elsewhere and brought to the house, Abbett famous.
The lady was taken captive on July 24 across the time her mom and brother had been killed, authorities allege, and police discovered two dismembered our bodies within the cell house after the kid escaped on Monday morning. Abbett declined to touch upon whether or not the lady knew the destiny of her mom and brother whereas she was nonetheless a hostage, however the chopped-up stays had been discovered inside the house.
Pascual-Reyes was arrested Monday evening whereas working at a building web site in Auburn, greater than 20 miles from the cell house. He’s being held with out bond.
Protection lawyer Mark Carlton stated he and one other lawyer had simply been appointed to signify Pascual-Reyes and declined speedy remark, saying they’d but to have an opportunity to fulfill with him.
Reyes, who’s from Mexico, was within the nation illegally after being deported and returning with out correct documentation, Abbett stated. It wasn’t clear when he final entered the US, stated the sheriff, however the group had been dwelling within the cell house since February.
Ceja and the 2 kids entered the US from Mexico in 2017 and remained after requesting asylum, however their claims had but to be determined by immigration officers, the sheriff stated.
Whereas a number of different folks stay close to the cell house and others had lived on the residence, there is no indication anybody else knew concerning the killings or that the lady was being held in opposition to her will, Abbett stated.
“Nobody has come ahead with data,” he stated.
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