Girl, 12, Chewed Through Restraints To Escape Captivity In Alabama

A 12-year-old girl escaped from her kidnapper - who allegedly tied her to a bedpost and drugged her with alcohol - by chewing through her restraints, WSFA reports.
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According to a criminal complaint filed in Tallapoosa Circuit Court, the girl was abducted on July 24 and kept in a "drugged state" by 37-year-old Jose Paulino Pascual-Reyes.

She was found walking on the road by a passing motorist on Monday morning near the mobile home she shared with her mom, brother, and the suspect since February.

Authorities revealed that the young girl was not reported missing and had "broken braces from chewing out of her restraints," adding that "deputies observed marks on the victim's wrists indicative of being restrained".

Watch the press conference below:

The day after the pre-teen's escape, Reyes was taken to the Tallapoosa County Jail and arrested by State Marshalls and the Auburn Police Department after state, local, and federal investigators identified him.

He has been charged with first-degree kidnapping, two counts of capital murder, and two counts of abuse of a corpse in Dadeville, Alabama, on Tuesday (August 2).

Authorities investigated Reyes' mobile home and discovered two decomposing bodies. The bodies were sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences and identified as the girl's slain mother and brother - who they believe was killed by him.

The criminal complaints filed on Wednesday (August 3) state that the suspect is accused of smothering Sandra Vazquez Ceja, 34, with a pillow and cutting her body into pieces "in order to hide [the] evidence".

The younger victim was identified in court papers as a boy under 14 and his death was caused by the suspect allegedly "striking him with his hands and feet," a complaint said. His body was said to have been cut into pieces in an effort to cover up the crime.

When police arrived at Reyes' mobile home there were other residents, but Abbett did not disclose whether or not they would be charged or investigated.

Also, authorities did not disclose any further information about the young girl's horrific ordeal, however, they did report that she was "safe now" and had received "medical attention" during the press conference on Wednesday (August 3).

"We want to keep her that way," Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett said, as he described the girl as a "hero" and said they will withhold details for her protection.

The sheriff also took a moment at the press conference to stress the importance of speaking up when you see something wrong, saying: "We try to preach this, if you see something you need to say something."

"You don't need to go down the road and say, 'What should I have done' and then you find out this happened - because I'm sure that there's more motorist who passed her that day," he added when mentioning how a passerby helped the young girl.

Reyes is now awaiting a bond hearing and Homeland Security is helping the local department with the investigation.

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