Facebook Saves Woman Utah
December 27, 2011 by staff
Facebook Saves Woman Utah, A woman used Facebook to seek help after she and her 17-month-old son were held hostage in a house for nearly five days, police said.
Police Sgt. Jon Arnold said the woman hid in a closet with a laptop to post her plea for help on the social networking website, saying she and her son would be ‘dead by morning’ if they were not rescued from the house in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The post prompted someone to call police, who went to the home to check on the woman’s welfare, the Associated Press reports.
‘Facebook was her only outlet that she had at the home,’ Arnold said.
‘It just happened that she was able to use it.’
Police arrested Troy Reed Critchfield, 33, and booked him into jail Saturday for investigation of aggravated kidnapping, forcible sod**y, aggravated assault, domestic violence, child abuse, animal cruelty and other charges.
Salt Lake County Jail records show Critchfield initially refused to let police in the house.
The papers say the woman shook her head to indicate ‘No,’ when officers asked if she was OK.
After police separated the couple, the woman told officers she and her child had not been allowed to leave the home and that she repeatedly had been hit, choked and sexually abused over a period of nearly five days.
Jail records show the woman also claimed Critchfield had taken her cell phone and the phone of a disabled child also in the home.
‘She claims that any time she went to go to a door, he physically assaulted her,’ Arnold told The Associated Press on Monday.
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