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Bond denied in Ashland, Ohio, slavery case
FBI says woman was mentally, physically and emotionally abused
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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M.L. Schultze
 
In The Region:

Three people from Ashland County accused of holding a disabled woman and her 5-year-old daughter as slaves will remain in custody. 

Jordie Callahan, Jessica Hunt and D.J. Brown had detention hearings in U.S. District Court scheduled today to determine if they should be released on bond.

Brown waived his hearing and remains in custody, and Magistrate  Nancy Vecchiarelli decided after their hearings that the other two should be held without bond as well. She says they’re a danger to the community and victims.

The trio and a fourth defendant, Dezerah Silsby, are accused of holding the woman and her daughter for two years --  mentally,  physically and emotionally abusing them.

According to an FBI affidavit, the captors forced the woman to beat her daughter, then threatened to turn the video into investigators if she tried to escape.

But defense attorneys say witnesses in the case are unreliable and have a vendetta against their clients. 

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