FBI: Ohio Woman Enslaved, Threatened with Snakes

Source: Russell Goldman / ABC News

The lawyer for an Ohio suspect accused of keeping a mentally disabled woman and her daughter as slaves and threatening them with deadly snakes, says his client is innocent and the alleged victim was free to come and go as she pleased.

The alleged victim, a 29-year-old woman, claims she was kept against her will by three suspects in their home outside Cleveland, Ohio, beginning in late 2011, forced to do housework without pay and monitored around the clock to keep her from escaping.

According to an FBI criminal complaint, the three suspects are accused of pilfering her bank account and terrorizing the woman and her 5-year-old daughter with pitbulls and a collection of snakes, which included a venomous coral snake and a 130-pound python.

The woman and her child were initially forced to sleep on a “cement floor in the basement with no mattress,” but were later moved to another room, which was kept locked so the girl could not leave, according to the FBI.

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