One of the four people accused in the Ashland slave labor cases pleaded guilty on Thursday.
CLEVELAND - 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.
The defendants are among four people charged with targeting and recruiting the woman in 2010 and holding her until October in a house in Ashland, 80 miles northeast of Columbus.
Jodie Callahan, Jessica Hunt and Dezerah Silsby entered the not guilty pleas Tuesday in federal court in Cleveland.
The attorney for a fourth defendant, Daniel Brown, has said his client plans to plead guilty at a later date.
An indictment against Callahan, Hunt and Silsby alleges the woman was denied food, sexually assaulted and threatened with dogs and snakes.
Callahan's mother, Becky Callahan, has said the allegations against the defendants are "all lies."
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.