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Police: Woman Found Bound In Basement Of Olney Home

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By Cherri Gregg and Kelly Hessedal

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police say a woman with special needs was found tied up inside of a home in Olney early this morning, and her alleged caretaker is now under arrest.

“The gate on her side was broken; she always wanted to make sure nobody came on her side,” says Liza Figuroa, who also says she called police after an ongoing dispute with her next door neighbor on the 200 block of Linton Street turned violent late Friday night.

“The verbal turned into a physical, she ended up on the floor,” Figuroa says.

And when police arrived on the scene, they arrested the woman. When neighbors told them a child could be inside, officers made a shocking discovery: an extremely thin 36-year-old woman with a limited vocabulary who appeared to have special needs.

“She was tied up. She was covered in urine and feces and had abrasions all over,” police say.

Neighbors say the suspect moved in just a few months ago.

“Everybody’s in shock–nobody really knew what was going on.”

Police transported the victim to Einstein Hospital. No charges have been filed yet.

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