Grand jury indicts 4 in Ohio slave labor case

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Four people have been charged with enslaving a mentally disabled Ohio woman and her daughter, with allegations that the woman was beaten, denied food, sexually assaulted and threatened with dogs and snakes.

The charges unveiled Tuesday also allege the four forced the pair to sleep in unsafe conditions in a house in Ashland in northeastern Ohio, restricted access to a bathroom and forced the woman to eat dog food and crawl on the floor wearing a dog collar.

Three suspects, Jodie Callahan, Jessica Hunt and Dezerah Silsby, were indicted on five counts including forced labor.

A fourth suspect, Daniel Brown, was charged in a criminal information of the sort that typically precedes a plea deal.

Callahan’s mother, Becky Callahan, has said the allegations against the defendants are “all lies.”

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