Mother Whose Daughter Escaped Kidnapper Says Cleveland Story ‘Could Have Been Us’
In the 911 call, the girl tells dispatchers that she is “really scared.” She tells them the man who took her went to work and this may be the “only chance I have.”
She names her kidnapper as Scott Cisco.
“The name makes me want to vomit,” says Kelly, the girl’s mother. 10TV is not using her last name to protect the anonymity of her daughter.
Kelly describes her daughter as a typical teenage girl who is active in her youth group, loves to sing and hang out with her friends. Like most young people, she is very active online. It was something that always made her mother nervous.
“I had to have her password to every site she was on so I could go in and randomly check it whenever I wanted. Even with her cell phone, there were random text checks, you know?” said the mother.
But her best efforts would not be enough to protect the curious teenager from venturing into dangerous territory online. The girl sparked up a correspondence with a person who claimed to be a 23-year-old former police officer.
"She kind of played the Internet game of, maybe, being somebody that she's not,” said Kelly.
Last October, the online relationship led to a real-life date. Kelly's daughter lied to her, saying she was meeting friends.
“She really thought she was going to the movies that night. She thought he was 23. He ended up being 45,” added the mother.
Kelly said Cisco drove her daughter to a high school parking lot 25 miles from her home. She said he made her change from her sneakers into a pair of high heels and put a leash around her neck.
Once she was restrained, he drove the girl from Indianapolis to his home in Sunbury. When her curfew came and went, her parents began to panic.
“By 11:15, we knew something was wrong, and she wasn't answering. Her phone would go straight to voicemail,” said Kelly. "We didn't know where to look, who she was with. Honestly, the world kind of stopped that night."
There would be no word of her whereabouts for 15 hours. That’s when, after repeated calls to their daughter’s number, a police officer answered her phone.
"What he said was ‘She's OK. We have your daughter, and we need you to come to Ohio.’”
After an agonizing drive from Indiana, police told Kelly and her husband the horrible details of what their daughter had been through. They said she had been tied up, gagged, and sexually tortured.
Police said Cisco hid the girl's clothes and her phone, and left her duct-taped to the bed at his home while he left for work. That's when she was able to free herself and make that chilling call for help.
“Please hurry, I don't know if he's coming back,” she said in the call.
She and her parents were reunited at the hospital.
"I could hear her screaming and crying before I saw her around the corner," said Kelly. "I remember hearing the crying and knowing I had never heard my daughter cry like that, and thinking, dear God, what am I going to see when I turn the corner?"
Last month, Cisco pleaded guilty to abduction and rape. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Kelly and her daughter are still learning to live with their sentences. There is guilt and second-guessing.
“She does have guilt. She was playing online. There's guilt from me because, even though I was monitoring the computer the best I knew how, I didn't take the extra step to know what all was available out there. So, that will forever haunt me."
There are sleepless nights, and there are the what-ifs.
"These girls that have been missing for 10 years (in Cleveland), seeing that on the news - it breaks my heart because that could have been us,” said Kelly.
She shares her pain, in hopes of preventing others from having to experience it.
“We all think that it wouldn't be us. It couldn't be us. I would be lying if I sat here and said I didn't watch the news and think 'Where are their parents at?' because I have. And then all of the sudden, I was that parent,” added Kelly.
Records from the Ohio Attorney General's Office show Scott Cisco was a deputy with Sandusky County Sheriff's Office for several years in the 1990s.
Though Cisco pleaded guilty in this case, he is currently appealing his conviction.
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