As of Friday, August 24, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. -- A teenager held captive in a house for more than three years before escaping with a relative's help initially went there voluntarily but wasn't allowed to leave when she wanted to go home, an Illinois police chief said Friday.
Washington Park Police Chief David Clark said the 19-year-old St. Louis woman bolted from the home Monday and told investigators her time in captivity included almost daily beatings and sexual assaults. One of those attacks resulted in a now-2-year-old boy rescued when a police SWAT team raided the home Thursday and arrested a 25-year-old man and his mother, Clark said.
The police chief said the three-day lag between the teen's report and the raid on the home was largely spent trying to substantiate her story. Clark also said investigators were working a separate sexual-assault case and lacked the manpower to go any faster.
No charges have been filed in the case. State law gives prosecutors until about 5 p.m. Saturday -- 48 hours after the arrests -- to either charge the suspects or release them.
Clark wouldn't publicly identify the suspect, his mother or the teenager, citing the ongoing investigation.
He said investigators planned to have the child's DNA tested to determine whether the man is his father.
St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly, the county's top prosecutor, told The Associated Press on Friday that conditions in the home were "definitely deplorable."
Clark said the teenager met the man socially "through someone else when they were partying, and a relationship built," eventually leading to her visit of his home about the time she was reported missing.