Defense attorneys dispute Ohio enslavement charges

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FBI Assistant special agent Eric Smith, right, answers questions during a news-conference Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in Cleveland. U.S. attorney Steven M. Dettelbach, left, listens. Authorities in Ohio have arrested three people on charges of enslaving a mentally disabled young mother and her daughter over a two-year period. Federal agents and Ashland police said Tuesday the trio forced the woman to do housework, threatened her and the girl with violence and fed their pets better than the victims. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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.

The federal court lawyer for Callahan declined comment. A second defense attorney, Ed Bryan, says Jessica Hunt will plead not guilty and says there are credibility issues with the mother at the center of the case.

Messages were left for the attorney representing Daniel Brown.