A girl who chewed restraints to escape was held captive in an Alabama home with the dismembered remains of her mother and brother, police say | American News | Local News

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A man has been arrested after a 12-year-old girl was held captive with the dismembered remains of her mother and brother.

The girl provided key information that led to the arrest of her mother’s boyfriend, Alabama authorities say.

Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett described the child as “a hero for surviving the incident and coming forward with the information she gave us in order to charge her.”

Officials said she was discovered by a motorist driving on a country road when he saw the child, stopped and then called the emergency services.

She was assaulted and given alcohol to put her in a daze, authorities say in court documents, but fled the mobile home after chewing on the restraints that had been used to hold her to a bed.

Her alleged abductor, Jose Paulino Pascual-Reyes, 37, has been charged with kidnapping and multiple counts of capital murder in the deaths of mother, Sandra Vazquez Ceja, 29, and brother, whose court records show that he was younger than 14.

“They were boyfriend and girlfriend,” Mr Abbett said of the defendant and Ms Ceja. “They actually all lived there together.”

Authorities say the girl was captured on July 24, around the time her mother and brother were killed.

The sheriff declined to say whether the girl knew the fate of her mother and brother while she was still a hostage. Their remains were found inside the property.

Pascual-Reyes, of Mexico, was arrested Monday night while working at a construction site in Auburn, Alabama, more than 20 miles from the mobile home.

He was in the United States illegally having previously been deported and then returned without the proper documents.

The sheriff said it was unclear when he returned to the United States, but the group had been living in the mobile home since February.

Ms Ceja and her two children entered the United States from Mexico in 2017 and had applied for asylum, although their claims have not yet been decided, the sheriff added.

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