3 jailed pending trial in Ohio slave labor case

CLEVELAND (AP) — Three suspects in a forced-labor case in Ohio will be locked up while waiting for a trial.

One defendant decided not to seek bond Monday while a federal magistrate judge in Cleveland ordered two co-defendants jailed to await trial.

The judge decided those two are a danger to the community and witnesses and victims in the case.

A fourth co-defendant was allowed last week to remain free pending trial. The government wouldn’t comment on why the fourth defendant, who is pregnant, was treated differently.

The Ashland case now goes before a federal grand jury.

The defendants are charged with enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years with her child. They allegedly threatened the mother and beat her.

The mother of one defendant calls the allegations lies.

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