One of the four people accused in the Ashland slave labor cases pleaded guilty on Thursday.
CLEVELAND - One of four suspects in the Ashland forced-labor case has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging a woman was held captive with her child and was threatened and made to do housework.
A federal magistrate in Cleveland released 21-year-old suspect Dezerah Silsby after a brief court appearance Thursday afternoon and ordered her to stay in contact with the probation office while awaiting trial.
Silsby entered a not guilty plea. Defense attorney Jennifer Scott says Silsby isn't capable of the crimes detailed in the allegations.
An FBI affidavit says Silsby admitted she helped retrieve the woman and her child from their relative's house and had slammed the woman's hand in a door and smashed it with a rock.
The other suspects are expected to have bond hearings Monday.
Three people charged with enslaving a mentally disabled woman and her daughter and beating the woman and stealing her pain medication have entered not guilty pleas.
A lawyer says his client plans to plead guilty to charges he helped enslave a mentally disabled woman and her daughter, including beating the woman and stealing her pain medication.
Four people have been indicted after an Ashland woman and her daughter were held captive and forced to perform manual labor, the Department of Justice said on Tuesday.
There's enough evidence against people accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman and her daughter to send the case before a grand jury, a federal magistrate judge ruled Monday.
One of four suspects in the Ashland forced-labor case has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging a woman was held captive with her child and was threatened and made to do housework.
Video from the Ashland County Prosecutor's Office shows the alleged victim in a modern-day slavery case beating her child.
A fourth suspect in case of an Ashland woman and her daughter held captive is in custody.
Ashland resident, and an attorney who represented an alleged "slavery" victim are stunned over a federal investigation that has gained national attention.
The community of Ashland is in shock after discovering that neighbors held a mother and young child captive for two years.