Police Identify Suspects Who Kept Mentally Challenged Individuals Locked in Basement

Police in one state have arrested three suspects who they believe kept a group of four mentally-challenged people locked and chained in the basement of  a home in order to steal their government checks. The one woman and two men are all facing charges of criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, kidnapping, criminal trespass, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment and other related charges, according to police.

The disturbing discovery of the four people was made Saturday morning when police had initially been called to the home for an issue involving a dispute between a tenant and a landlord. Police had reported hearing a noise coming from the basement that sounded as if a dog may have been locked inside, but the landlord, who unlocked the door,  found the four people trapped in what police described as a "dungeon."

The four individuals ranging in age from 20-40, displayed signs of malnourishment and they had bruises and bed sores (also known as decubitus sores and pressure ulcers) on their bodies, according to police. Police are still trying to uncover how the four individuals, who they believe were living in South Florida recently, wound up in the custody of the three suspects. Evidence technicians carried out several feet of chains, which had allegedly been used to restrain at least one of the men inside the locked room. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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