3 jailed pending trial in Ohio slave labor case

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This combination of undated photos released by the Ashland County Sheriff's Office shows, from left, Daniel Brown, Jordie L. Callahan, Jessica L. Hunt, and Dezerah Silsby, who are accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman and her daughter. A federal magistrate judge on Monday, June 24, 2013 ruled that there’s enough evidence against them to send the case before a grand jury. Judge Nancy Vecchiarelli made the ruling against Callahan and Hunt in the case and ordered them locked up pending trial. Brown skipped a chance to ask for pretrial release, and Silsby was freed last week to await trial. (AP Photo/Ashland County Sheriffs Office, File)
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This combination of undated photos released by the Ashland County Sheriff's Office shows, from left, Daniel Brown, Jordie L. Callahan, Jessica L. Hunt, and Dezerah Silsby, who are accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman and her daughter. A federal magistrate judge on Monday, June 24, 2013 ruled that there’s enough evidence against them to send the case before a grand jury. Judge Nancy Vecchiarelli made the ruling against Callahan and Hunt in the case and ordered them locked up pending trial. Brown skipped a chance to ask for pretrial release, and Silsby was freed last week to await trial. (AP Photo/Ashland County Sheriffs Office, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Three people accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman and her child will be locked up in Ohio while awaiting trial.

One defendant decided not to seek bond Monday. A federal magistrate judge in Cleveland ordered two co-defendants jailed, saying they're dangers to the community.

A fourth co-defendant is pregnant and was allowed last week to remain free pending trial. The government won't comment on why she was treated differently.

The Ashland case now goes before a federal grand jury.

The defendants are charged with enslaving the woman for two years, threatening her, beating her and making her do housework.

The mother of one defendant calls the allegations lies. She says the woman was friends with her son and another defendant and they offered her a place to live.

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