CLEVELAND (AP) — An attorney says slavery charges against three people in Ohio are ludicrous and says the woman at the center of the alleged forced-labor plot moved in and out as she pleased.
Andrew Hyde represented 26-year-old Jordie Callahan of Ashland on state kidnapping charges. Those charges were dismissed Tuesday as federal forced labor charges were filed against Callahan and two other people.
Prosecutors allege the three enslaved the mentally disabled woman and her daughter for more than a year. But Hyde said county social service workers placed the girl with her mother when the woman was living with the three suspects.
A defense lawyer for one of the suspects declined comment; messages were left for the other two defense attorneys. The three defendants are being held, pending a bond hearing Monday.