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Girl, 12, held captive with dismembered remains of mother and brother

A man has been arrested after a 12-year-old girl was held captive for a week in a mobile home with the dismembered remains of her mother and brother.

Authorities in the US state of Alabama said the girl provided important information that led to the arrest of the woman’s friend who lives there.

Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett said she was “a hero because she survived the incident and used the information she provided us to charge him.”

The child was discovered by a passer-by on a country road after her escape on Monday and is now safely in the care of officials from the state youth welfare office.

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Jose Paulino Pascual-Reyes, 37, has been charged with the kidnapping and multiple murders of the girl’s mother, 29-year-old Sandra Vazquez Ceja, and her son, who was under 14, according to court documents (Jay Reeves /AP)

The girl was assaulted and treated with alcohol to keep her in a daze and fled after chewing through the shackles holding her to a bed, authorities said in court documents.

Jose Paulino Pascual-Reyes, 37, has been charged with the kidnapping and multiple murders of the girl’s mother, 29-year-old Sandra Vazquez Ceja, and her son, who was under 14, according to court records.

“They were boyfriend and girlfriend,” Mr Abbett said of Mr Pascual-Reyes and Ms Ceja. “They actually all lived there together.”

The kidnapping charge alleges the girl was being held hostage against her will, not that she was abducted from somewhere else and taken home, Mr Abbett said.

The girl was captured on July 24, around the time her mother and brother were killed, authorities claim, and police found two dismembered bodies in the trailer after the child escaped.

Mr Abbett declined to comment on whether the girl knew the fate of her mother and brother while she was still a hostage, but the chopped up remains were found inside the house.

Mr Pascual-Reyes was arrested Monday night while he was working at a construction site in Auburn, Alabama, more than 20 miles from the RV. He is being held without bond.

Defense attorney Mark Carlton said he and another attorney had just been appointed to represent Mr Pascual-Reyes and declined to comment immediately because they had not yet met him.

Mr Pascual-Reyes, who is from Mexico, was in the country illegally after being deported and returning without proper papers, Mr Abbett said.

It’s not clear when he last entered the United States, the sheriff said, but the group have been living in the trailer since February.

Ms. Ceja and the two children arrived in the United States from Mexico in 2017 and stayed after applying for asylum, but their applications had yet to be decided by immigration officials, the sheriff said.

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