Police Say Teen Held Captive for Two Years Escapes

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. (AP) - Police in southwestern Illinois say a teenage girl reported missing more than two years ago has escaped from a home where she was held captive.

Police in Washington Park, a village next to East St. Louis, say the girl was raped by her captor, got pregnant and had a baby.

She escaped from the home earlier this week and went to police, saying her child was still in the house.

About two dozen members of a SWAT team swarmed the home Thursday afternoon and recovered the child. A 24-year-old man has been arrested.

Washington Park Police Chief David Clark says it appears the man's mother assisted in the crime.

Police say the girl was listed as a missing or runaway juvenile in April 2010. She was 15 when she disappeared.


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