A woman and her two children escaped from captivity inside a home in Virginia when deputies were sent to check on their welfare, authorities said.
The woman, 32, was hospitalized in serious condition with untreated health issues, and her children were staying with family members after also receiving medical attention, The Free Lance-Star reported.
Investigators believe the children, ages 8 and 11, have never attended school, Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Lt. Charles A. Carey said.
The woman and her children ran out a side door as deputies spoke with Kariem Ali Muhammad Moore, who had been reluctant to let them inside, Carey said.
They had gone to the home after a caller asked for a welfare check, expressing concern that no one had seen nor heard from the family in quite some time, he said.
Moore, 43, was arrested at the scene on Saturday, and held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail on multiple felony counts including abduction and assault. It wasn’t clear if he has a lawyer.
The family told deputies that they had not been allowed outside the home in at least two years. The woman is Moore’s girlfriend and he is believed to be the children’s father, Carey said. Moore was unemployed and apparently rarely left the home, Carey said.
SOURCE: The Associated Press