A 12-year-old lady who had been held captive in a house in rural Alabama was discovered strolling alongside a close-by highway on Monday, which led the authorities to the our bodies of her mom and brother contained in the residence, the authorities mentioned.
The Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Division mentioned on Tuesday that José Paulino Pascual-Reyes, 37, of Dadeville, Ala., had been arrested and charged with first-degree kidnapping, capital homicide and abuse of corpse.
On Wednesday, Mr. Pascual-Reyes made an preliminary look in courtroom and was ordered held with out bond. It was unclear who represented him.
Jimmy Abbett, the Tallapoosa County sheriff, mentioned at a information convention on Tuesday that simply earlier than 8:30 a.m. on Monday, a driver seen a woman strolling alongside a highway in Dadeville, Ala., and referred to as 911.
Deputies who responded gave the lady medical remedy and began investigating, the sheriff mentioned. As soon as they entered the home, officers mentioned, they discovered two decomposing our bodies, recognized by Sheriff Abbett because the lady’s mom and brother.
Mr. Pascual-Reyes was the mom’s boyfriend, Sheriff Abbett mentioned.
Court docket paperwork mentioned the lady had been kidnapped on July 24 and tied to mattress posts for a few week whereas she was assaulted and given alcohol to maintain her in a drugged state.
The lady managed to get free and escape by chewing by way of her restraints, breaking her braces within the course of, the paperwork mentioned. Deputies who discovered her seen she had marks on her wrists the place she had been restrained.
Court docket data mentioned the mom had been smothered to loss of life with a pillow on July 24, and the brother had been bludgeoned to loss of life on the identical day. He was below 14, Sheriff Abbett mentioned. Each our bodies had been dismembered, he mentioned.
The authorities mentioned the lady who escaped had not been reported lacking. Sheriff Abbett mentioned she was in state custody and was “doing effectively.”
“She’s a hero,” he mentioned. “She’s secure and we wish to maintain her that method.”
Sheriff Abbett mentioned that Mr. Pascual-Reyes had labored at a building web site in Auburn, Ala., about 25 miles southeast of Dadeville, and had been dwelling on the dwelling since February.
Earlier than Mr. Pascual-Reyes made his preliminary look in courtroom on Wednesday, Kevin Corridor, an assistant district lawyer, mentioned that prosecutors had deliberate to object to releasing him on bond due to the severity of the fees and since they thought-about him to be a flight danger.
The F.B.I. and the Division of Homeland Safety, together with native companies, are serving to to research.