4th suspect in Ohio enslavement case surrenders

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Associated Press

Posted on June 19, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 19 at 9:33 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Federal authorities alleging an Ohio woman was held captive with her child and made to do housework say a fourth suspect charged with forced labor has surrendered to authorities.

A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Cleveland says the charge against 21-year-old Dezerah Silsby was unsealed after she turned herself in Wednesday in the case that originated in Ashland. He said Silsby's initial court appearance would be Thursday.

It wasn't clear whether she had an attorney, and her case was not yet listed in online records late Wednesday.

An FBI affidavit says Silsby admitted she helped retrieve the alleged victims from their relative's house and once smashed the woman's hand with a rock so the woman could go to a hospital and bring back pain medication for the suspects.

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