A YOUTH has escaped from a house where she was said to have been held captive for a year.
Three adults are accused of holding the 18-year-old in the bedroom with little food and just a bucket to defecate with.
Police were called to the home in North Las Vegas, Nevada on Nov. 4 after receiving a report that a teenager “was trying to use a ladder” to climb back into the bedroom, according to KTLA.
The teenager had reportedly left the room to go to a neighbor’s yard and asked for food and water, police said.
Police said the girl told her neighbor she escaped by tying clothes together and climbing out the second-story window.
The teenager told police “she was locked in the room she was in at the moment,” saying the room “didn’t have a knob, just a deadbolt lock that required a key on either side to unlock, which she gave hadn’t,” according to 8News Now.
She also told police that she was not given food until her mother got home from work.
The mother, identified by police as Addy Gonzales, initially did not let police into the home and said she would check on the teenager herself, officers said.
When police broke into the bedroom, they found “only a box spring and a bed frame”.
They also discovered a bucket that was “half full of what appeared to be urine and feces.”
Video obtained from the outlet shows the teenager using the ladder to get back into the bedroom.
The three adults were identified as Gonzales; Maria Pasarin, the teenager’s grandmother; and Daniel Omezcua, police said.
Both are charged with child molestation and false imprisonment.
Police also said a 13-year-old sibling of the teenager was in the home and unharmed.
A neighbor, identified as Maria, spoke to 8News Now about the ordeal.
“The girl got out and jumped into our backyard to find water,” Maria told the outlet.
“When we saw her, she said she climbed down with sheets, but she’s going back up.”
Another neighbor said the teenager was seen drinking water from a hose before scrambling back over a concrete wall and climbing up to her bedroom window.
“That day officers took the teenager out of the house … I remember she told them she was very thirsty when she was taken to the patrol unit,” Maria said.
“Overall it’s very heartbreaking because I told her to call the police and she refused and said nobody would believe her.”
EARLIER CALLS HOME
There were eight previous reports for this family, police said.
The Department of Child Protective Services found all eight reports to be “baseless.”
“There were allegations of abuse and neglect, but there was not enough cooperation or evidence in the CPS investigation to prosecute,” the report, seen by 8News Now, said.
A Clark County spokesman called the situation “tragic” in a statement to 8News Now.
“This is a tragic event and while Clark County is unable to comment on the details due to confidentiality and the ongoing investigation, we are making sure that all needed assistance is available and provided going forward.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6714431/teens-escape-from-home-locked-room-nevada/ Shocking details about a teenager’s escape from home where she was locked in a room for a year with buckets full of urine and feces