[Ed. – Nausea-inducing]
“I can’t believe this took place.The bad thing about it, it’s blood relatives that I helped raise,” said Rocky Stewart Friday as he walked around the makeshift cage where a 22-year-old autistic woman had been held captive for nearly a year.
Five people have been arrested and charged with human trafficking and cruelty to the infirm. They are Raylaine Knope, 40; Bridget Lambert,19; Taylor Knope, 18; Jody Lambert, 21; and Terry Knope, 43.
Acting on a complaint, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated and ultimately executed search warrants at a house and trailer on Rushing Road near Amite, Louisiana.
There they found a makeshift cage that had been covered with plywood, pine branches and a tarpaulin. They also found the 22-year-old autistic woman covered in insect bites and malnourished. She had only a small mattress on which to sleep, a 5-gallon bucket for a toilet and another 5-gallon bucket containing water.
“This girl was eat up with mosquitoes, bugs. It’s horrible. I mean the damn dog got treated better than she did,” Stewart said.
The woman had apparently lost as much as 60 pounds during her captivity. She was taken to a hospital and treated. Since then, she has been interviewed and revealed more details of her ordeal to investigators.