A 15-year-old girl who had been missing from West Palm Beach, Florida, since July turned up last week in the Philadelphia home where four mentally disabled adults were found locked in a squalid basement.
According to The Palm Beach Post, the missing girl had been living near the home in an apartment with the teenage son of two of the alleged abductors. In addition, six more juveniles and four adults — none of them disabled — were found at another location in connection with the abductors.
Police say that neither the Florida girl nor the abductors’ son will be charged with the alleged crimes against the four mentally disabled. Instead three adults are being charged with stealing the Social Security Disability checks of the disabled, among other crimes.
Two of the alleged abductors lived in a home in northern West Palm Beach for most of last year, though they also moved through Texas and Virginia before coming to Pennsylvania.
Each day more details surface about the abductors and the mentally challenged adults who they abused. Most recently, Reuters reports that the 51-year-old female ringleader of the scheme had been diagnosed as retarded and schizophrenic and was once convicted of third-degree murder for starving a man who she held captive in her closet for three months.
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