SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah police have filed charges against a man accused of holding his girlfriend and their 17-month-old son hostage for five days until rescuers were tipped off by her plea for help on Facebook.
Troy Reed Critchfield, 33, was charged Tuesday with 12 counts, including aggravated kidnapping, sodomy, rape, aggravated assault, domestic violence, child abuse and animal cruelty.
He remained in jail Wednesday on $1 million bail. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.
Prosecutors said Critchfield had taken phones away from his girlfriend and her disabled son and also disconnected the house phone to keep the woman from contacting anyone.
Police said the woman hid in a closet and used a laptop to post the Facebook message on Christmas Eve, saying "I am having a serious problem, and me and (my son) will be dead by morning."
The post prompted Sandy police to make a welfare check at the home where they found the injured woman, who told police the two had been in a relationship for three to four years. Authorities said that during the ordeal, he strangled her until she lost consciousness, hit the toddler in the head and refused to let his girlfriend feed her dog.
Salt Lake City authorities had arrested Critchfield before after a similar kidnapping involving the same woman. He pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated assault and obstruction of justice, and was sentenced in February to 120 days in jail and three years of probation.