Suspect In Ashland Enslavement Case Pleads Not Guilty


One of four suspects in an Ohio forced-labor case has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging a woman was held captive with her child and was threatened and made to do housework.

A federal magistrate in Cleveland released 21-year-old suspect Dezerah Silsby after a brief court appearance Thursday afternoon and ordered her to stay in contact with the probation office while awaiting trial.

Silsby entered a not guilty plea. Defense attorney Jennifer Scott says Silsby isn't capable of the crimes detailed in the allegations.

An FBI affidavit says Silsby admitted she helped retrieve the woman and her child from their relative's house and had slammed the woman's hand in a door and smashed it with a rock.

The other suspects are expected to have bond hearings Monday.

The identity of the adult victim was released on Wednesday.

Authorities say Shannon Eckley and her 5-year-old daughter were held captive and forced into labor at a home in Ashland for the past two years.

A U.S. District Court spokesperson said Eckley, the alleged victim, suffered a traumatic brain injury that left her with mental disabilities.

He said two of the three people arrested in connection with the case on Tuesday conspired to take advantage of her.

Investigators say Jordie Callahan, Jessica Hunt and Daniel Brown forced Eckley and her daughter to stay in the home.

The other suspects are expected to have bond hearings Monday.

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