BROWN COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - An 11-year old girl who endured years of horrendous living conditions is now free, according to the Brown County Prosecutor’s Office.
The girl was starved and forced to sleep on a urine-stained mattress in a trailer.
When police found her, she was just 47 lbs.
“They had her in diapers,” Brown County Prosecutor Zac Corbin told FOX19 NOW. “She was in a diaper when the officer went out and found her, presumably because there was no restroom in that trailer.”
Corbin says the child was monitored through a video feed.
“There was video monitoring set up where they could basically conduct surveillance over her,” he explained.
Margaret Breeze, 47, is the woman who had custody of the child. She and her husband were staying in a home on White Oak Valley Road, where Corbin says they could watch what was happening in the trailer on a computer screen.
Now Breeze is in Brown County Jail on a $250,000 bond facing charges of kidnapping, felonious assault and child endangerment.
How did police find the child?
About three years ago, Corbin says, around the same time Breeze stopped taking the child to a doctor, she began home-schooling her.
Recently, the child had to take an online test, and she told the educator on the other end she was hungry but wasn’t allowed to eat.
The educator then went to the police.
Thankfully the child is now in a safe home, Corbin says.
She has gained 15 lbs. and is looking forward to Christmas.