German teen alleged abused in Bosnia is recovering

KARAVLASI, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The mother of a young German woman rescued by police in Bosnia is denying that her daughter was isolated, forced to eat with pigs or suffered other abuse by her husband and his other female partner.

The spokesman for the prosecutor's office, Admir Arnautovic, said the 19-year-old was now recovering.

He said the teen's stepfather, Milenko Marinkovic, 52, and his partner Slavojka Marinkovic, 45, are detained and accused of illegal imprisonment and cruelty.

Villagers who reported the case to the police claim they saw the teen being beaten, forced to sleep and eat with pigs and being whipped while pulling a horse cart.

The woman's German mother, Kristina Siegner, 54, was living with the couple as Milenko's legal wife. She insisted Monday that her daughter was happy.