Basement Of Horror
The niece of a woman accused of imprisoning mentally disabled captives in a benefits fraud scheme is suing her aunt and the City of Philadelphia, claiming she suffered horrific abuse because she was placed into her aunt’s custody.
A Philadelphia judge has rejected most defense motions to dismiss charges against four defendants in the Tacony basement captives’ case.
The Philadelphia district attorney’s office has changed its mind and now says it will recharge the defendant who was about to be freed in the local kidnap-and-fraud case.
A Philadelphia judge has ordered three suspects to stand trial in a case involving four mentally disabled adults who were found locked in a filthy basement.
Senator Casey says loopholes in the Social Security system allowed the situation to occur and he wants to introduce a new bill to prevent similar cases in the future.
Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper has upheld a Municipal Court judge’s ruling that bars attorneys, defendants, witnesses, victims, and some minors from commenting on the case against Linda Weston and three other defendants.
A psychiatric examination has determined that a woman accused of imprisoning four mentally disabled adults in a basement as part of an alleged Social Security fraud scheme is competent to proceed in her criminal case, a judge said Wednesday.
Prosecutors filed the motion citing “overzealous” media coverage, including “manipulating” victims into doing interviews, and trespassing.
City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown says the hearing will not focus on the specifics of the Tacony basement case but rather the bigger picture of how mentally disabled children and adults are tracked in the city’s public welfare system.
A Philadelphia judge will hear arguments Wednesday on the District Attorney’s motion for a gag order on participants in the basement captives’ case. The D.A.’s office, which will not comment, claims in court papers that the media is ‘hindering’ the case.
Three of the four defendants in Philadelphia’s basement captivity case are now facing additional charges, including aggravated assault, kidnapping and false imprisonment.
CBS 3 has learned Philadelphia detectives searched the basement and garage of a Northeast Philadelphia home this afternoon, looking for possible evidence that may link the 2005 death of a 59-year-old woman to alleged basement of horror suspects Linda Ann Weston and three others.
For the first time, CBS 3 heard from the family of Edwin Sanabria. The 31-year-old is one of the mentally challenged adults held captive in a basement. Sanabria’s family wants to know if any of the children in Weston’s care, who are now in the foster care, are related to them.
Eyewitness news continues to cover the story involving children and adults who police say were abused by 51-year-old Linda Weston and at least three others.
The suspected ringleader of an alleged Social Security fraud scheme in which police say mentally disabled people were held captive in a basement may not completely understand the seriousness of the charges against her, her lawyer said Monday.
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