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Woman Held Hostage Uses Facebook to Contact Police

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by Erica Thinesen
, 27 Dec 2011News

A woman in the US who was being held hostage in her home used Facebook to alert police about her predicament. The woman was a prisoner in the home for five days.

The woman hid with her laptop in a closet and posted a message on Facebook, claiming that she and her 17-month old son would be ‘dead by morning' if she was not rescued.

The Facebook post prompted someone to call the police who went to her house to check on her. The authorities later arrested 33 year old Troy Reed Critchfield.

The police are investigating Critchfield for several charges including aggravated kidnapping, forcible sodomy, aggravated assault, domestic violence, child abuse and animal cruelty, the Daily Mail reported.

"Facebook was her only outlet that she had at the home. It just happened that she was able to use it," said Police sgt. Jon Arnold in a statement to news media.

According to the records available to the Salt Lake County Jail, the man initially refused to let police enter the house. The woman told the police that the man had sexually assaulted her over the past five days and had also shown cruelty to her 17-month old son. Thankfully, both are now safe.

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