Fourth suspect in Ohio kidnapping case turns herself in
The fourth suspect in the Ohio forced labor case has turned herself in, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
Dezerah Silsby, 21, is scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon.
A mentally disabled woman and her daughter were held in an Ohio apartment crowded with people and animals for more than a year, forced to perform manual labor and threatened with dogs and snakes to keep them compliant, authorities have said.
Federal prosecutors said the people accused of holding the pair in Ashland, about 60 miles south of Cleveland, collected the woman’s government benefits and beat her in order to get painkillers for themselves.
They kept her in a room with a free-ranging iguana and ordered her to feed the reptile fruits and vegetables her daughter was denied, according to court papers.