Fourth Person Charged In Ohio Slavery Case

Jun 20, 2013

A fourth person has been charged in the Ashland slavery case.

Dezerah Silsby surrendered to police to face a forced labor charge. U.S. Attorney Steven Dettlebach says Silsby and three other people allegedly took Shannon Eckley and her young daughter into a home where Eckley was forced to perform manual labor for two years. Dettlebach says Eckley, who is mentally disabled, was threatened with beatings, animal attacks and starvation.

Eckley's brother Jordie, along with Jessica Hunt and Daniel Brown, have already been charged.