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Three Ashland residents have been arrested, accused of holding a mentally disabled women and her child against their will for more than two years. Federal prosecutors say the suspects have been charged with forced labor for making the woman cook and clean for them.

Prosecutors say the woman was threatened and beaten, and her and her child were forced to live in unsanitary conditions. Ashland Police Lt. Joel Eisenhower says the victim suffered a brain injury as a teenager, and now has the mental capacity of a 13-year old. He says the case broke last October when the woman shoplifted a candy bar so she could escape by being arrested. She then told the police about how she was being treated. SOURCE

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