Police found a seven-year-old girl who had survived being kidnapped, choked, and thrown off a bridge in Massachusetts at 4 a.m. EST Sunday morning.
After bringing her to safety, police began investigating who had thrown the brave little girl into Lake Quinsigamond after assaulting her during the night, according to The Washington Post.
“The seven-year-old was at a family party at her grandparents’ house on Forestdale Rd in Worcester. At about 2:30 AM, she was taken from the residence by a family friend without the permission of her parents. She was put in a car, strangled, and thrown off a bridge into Lake Quinsigamond. She survived the drop and swam to shore, where she was eventually discovered with visible, but not life-threatening injuries,” authorities said in a press release on Monday.
She was thrown off the Interstate 290 bridge, the Worcester ABC affiliate WCVB reported. Police also noted that roughly 90 minutes after the girl disappeared, they received a call from a Shrewsbury neighbor whose door the girl knocked on after she climbed out of the lake.
They arrested thirty-five-years-old Joshua Hubert on Sunday, charged him with the kidnapping of the unamed child, and took him to the Worcester Police Station. Hubert will remain in jail until Thursday when judges will determine if he can be released until his trial date. Hubert’s appointed attorney, Richard Welsh, said his client maintains his innocence.
“Fortunately, a greater tragedy was averted,” the Worcester County District Attorney said. “The young victim had the strength to make it to shore and get help. I want to thank the resident who answered the door and helped the girl,” he added.
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