One of the four people accused in the Ashland slave labor cases pleaded guilty on Thursday.
ASHLAND, Ohio - Video from the Ashland County Prosecutor's Office shows the alleged victim in a modern-day slavery case beating her child.
Federal agents arrested four people this week on charges of forced labor. Investigators said they held a mentally disabled woman and her daughter captive for two years and forced them to perform manual labor.
Police said the woman's captors gave them the video when they went to investigate her claims that she was being held against her will. The victim made the allegations after being arrested for shoplifting a candy bar last year.
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Federal agents said the woman was forced to hit her daughter while being recorded on a cellphone so her captors could use it as leverage.
Jordie L. Callahan, 26, Jessica Hunt, 31, Daniel Brown, 33, and Dezerah Silsby, 21, are in custody for the crime.
The four are also accused of starving the mother and daughter, and threatening them with snakes. Callahan, Hunt and Hunt's four sons lived in a two-bedroom apartment in Ashland along with the two victims and several animals.
An attorney for one of the suspects said the allegations are not true and that the woman was a roommate, who was free to come and go.
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.