Stepfather and son kept girl, 13, chained up in basement

The stepfather and stepbrother of an Ohio girl were arrested on kidnapping charges for keeping the 13-year-old captive and chained in their basement for as long as a year until she managed to escape, officials said.

The stepfather, Timothy Ciboro, 53, a former Toledo firefighter, and the girl’s stepbrother, Esten Ciboro, 27, were each charged with kidnapping and endangering children, said Toledo police spokesman Lieutenant Joseph Heffernan.

Lt Heffernan said the girl told authorities she had been shackled by the ankle to a support beam in their basement for a year and fed spoiled and old scraps of food. 

The girl managed to unshackle herself and escape by using a spare key she had found and kept hidden until she could make her move one night while her stepfather and stepbrother were out of the house, he said.

Lt Heffernan said police found handcuffs chained to a beam and an ammonia-filled bucket that the girl said she used as a toilet.

Robin Reese, executive director of Lucas County Children Services, said aside from the 13-year-old, two other children, aged eight and 10, were in the house. All three were put into foster care.

The children have the same mother, Lt Heffernan said, adding that Timothy Ciboro is the biological father of Esten Ciboro and the eight- and 10-year-olds.

The Toledo Blade quoted the girl as telling a neighbour who found her in the streets after her escape that she had been taken in by her stepfather after her mother left her and her siblings to go to Las Vegas.

She said her stepfather kept her chained in the basement because she wet her bed, the paper reported.

Police said the kidnapping charges came from the girl being held captive against her will. Police are investigating whether the other two children were also held against their will.


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