Authorities have arrested a father and son for keeping a 13-year-old girl handcuffed in a basement for more than a year.
Police arrested Timothy Ciboro, 53, and Esten Ciboro, 27, the girl’s step-father and step-brother, Thursday after the girl got her hands on a spare key and unlocked the cuffs while the two men were out for a jog. She said she was held captive in the house for more than a year, WTOL reports. Police found a pair of handcuffs beside a beam in the basement and a bucket full of ammonia the girl used as a bathroom.
“The young lady, through her own strength and ingenuity, she managed to free herself from that situation and make her way to the home of a past acquaintance,” Robin Reese, executive director fo Lucas County Children Services, said at a press conference.
A woman who cleans offices near the house, Karen Loudermil, was the first to notice the girl after she escaped. Loudermil sensed something was wrong and went to check on her. The girl was asked if she was treated badly, and answered “We on a point system. 50 points, get punished, shackled to basement,” NBC24 reports. She said her diet consisted of dry macaroni and tuna fish, but reportedly said she was not raped or molested. She did say she was punished. The girl and her two siblings, who weren’t shackled, are now in government custody.
The two men were charged with kidnapping and child endangerment and have a preliminary hearing May 26. They’re held on $500,000 bond.
“Somehow they have managed to stay under the radar,” Reese said. “Part of what we have to figure out is how and why.”
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