Father and Son Charged with Shackling Teen Girl in Their Basement for a Year Before She Escaped
The unnamed teenager was forced to live in the dark and use a bucket to relieve herself, court documents state
A teenage girl escaped from an Ohio basement where she told officials she had been allegedly chained for a year.
“The 13-year-old victim reported that the defendant and his adult son kept her shackled by the ankle to a support beam in the basement of their house for different periods of time, once lasting as long as a year,” according to court documents.
The defendant is her stepfather, Timothy Ciboro, 53, and his son Esten, 27. Both were charged with one count of kidnapping and one count of endangering a child. Their bond was set at $500,000 each. They have not entered pleas and are expected to attend a preliminary court hearing on May 26, according to court documents.
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The girl, whose identity is being withheld by officials, managed to escape at about 9 p.m. Wednesday when the suspects left their Toledo home for a jog, according to a police report obtained by the Toledo Blade.
“She was kept in the dark, allowed to sit on a plastic bucket or the concrete floor,” and went to the restroom in a bucket filled with ammonia, according to documents obtained by PEOPLE.
The girl, along with two younger siblings, were taken into the custody of the Lucas County Children Services.
She reportedly told officials that their mother left them and moved to Las Vegas, and that she had not attended school since the first grade.