Alleged Human Trafficking Victim Taped While Beating Child

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ASHLAND, Ohio - The Ashland County Prosecutor's office released home videos that show the alleged victim of a federal human trafficking case repeatedly hitting her young daughter.

In one of the videos, the woman is seen hitting the child bare handed on her exposed bottom.

Another video shows the little girl balled up on the floor as the woman slaps her, telling her to shut up.

The home videos were shot from a surveillance camera mounted in the home.

Federal authorities allege that the woman was forced to hit the little girl by others, fearing that if she didn't, they would hit the girl harder.

It is all part of a case that has resulted in the arrest of four people on charges of forced labor.

Jordie Callahan, 26, was arrested on Tuesday along with Jessica Hunt, 31, and Daniel Brown III, 33.

A fourth suspect, Dezerah Silsby, 21, surrendered to authorities on Wednesday and was scheduled for arraignment in federal court Thursday afternoon.

Federal investigators allege that the suspects held the alleged victim against her will in an Ashland home, forcing her to work for them.

Investigators claim the woman was locked in a room that she and her daughter shared with reptiles. They were also threatened with pit bulls and pythons. On one occasion, investigators say the suspects deliberately smashed her hand so they could take her pain medication.

In one of the videos released to Fox 8 News, the victim took police on a tour of the home and talked with them about tying up the girl, taping her hands and hitting her with a brush. When asked by police if she was the only one who hit her child, the woman answered "yes."

The alleged victim was sentenced to 150 days in jail for child endangering.

The facts of the federal case only came to light after her arrest for stealing a candy bar, after which authorities said she wanted to go to jail rather than back to the home where she claims to have been mistreated.

Also released to Fox 8 News on Thursday were dozens of police reports involving various people who were living or staying at the same address.

The reports date back to early 2011 and include everything from a damaged garden hose to calls about domestic violence, theft from a Walmart and convenience store, assault, a stolen cell phone, fighting, an angry disturbance and even a pig on someone's lawn that Callahan was told to remove from the city limits.

The reports also show a call in January of 2012 in which the alleged victim of the human trafficking case was accidentally shot in the shoulder with a BB gun. The very next day, she called police to report gunshots fired in the neighborhood.

Although police investigated, there was never any mention in their report that the woman said was being harmed or held against her will.

Police reports show the alleged victim was arrested several times before, including for stealing DVDs from Walmart in March of 2011.

At that time, the report indicates that her child was at the house being cared for by Callahan.

The mother of Jordie Callahan told Fox 8 News on Wednesday that the stories the victim told authorities are all lies.

Becky Callahan said the alleged victim made up stories that she was mistreated only after she was caught mistreating her own child.

Becky Callahan also told Fox 8 News that the alleged victim had the ability to come and go from the house, left to attend parties at Christmas, Thanksgiving and birthdays, and that she had lived with several other families in Ashland from time to time during the period in question.

In fact, one of the police reports states that the woman lived "periodically" at the residence where she was reportedly mistreated.

Callahan told Fox 8 News that the woman was a friend of her son who needed a place to stay. Jordie took her in and each time she left to live somewhere else, she voluntarily returned.

Investigators believe she may have been too intimidated to previously say anything about the way she was treated at the residence.

Ashland Police are not commenting on the videos, saying the case has been closed.

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