A 7-year-old Massachusetts girl was sleeping on a chair in her grandparent’s home when a friend of her family, who had been attending a cookout at the house, snatched her away. However, the sick pervert didn’t realize that his young victim knew exactly what to do next.
As the 7-year-old girl lay passed out on a chair following a family barbeque, 35-year-old Joshua Hubert managed to sneak her into a car late at night. He then proceeded to drive around with her for about an hour before he eventually panicked and decided to get rid of her.
Authorities say that Hubert suddenly stopped the car, choked the little girl, and threw her off a bridge into Lake Quinsigamond. [Source: Mommypage]
Miraculously, the girl survived the nightmarish ordeal. “Fortunately, a greater tragedy was averted,” Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said. “The young victim had the strength to make it to shore and get help.”
Even after being choked and thrown off a bridge, the 7-year-old had the strength and presence of mind to swim to shore and walk to a stranger’s house at 4 a.m. to ask for help.
The girl swam to shore in neighboring Shrewsbury and knocked on the door of woman’s house at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The resident summoned police.
The little girl was soaking wet and wearing pajamas, police said. She was able to tell officers what happened… [Source: Inside Edition]
“It’s atrocious, and I feel sorry for everyone involved, especially the little girl,” said Anne Ford, a friend of the family. “She is never, ever going to forget these memories. Life is going to be so hard for her from now on until she can straighten things out in the years to come.” Ford also said the girl’s grandparents are very loving people, adding, “I just can’t imagine how guilty they feel right now, that this happened in their house. They love their children, they love their grandchildren.”
Social media users have praised the little girl’s bravery and demanded justice for her suffering. “He choked and threw her over a bridge. That is attempted murder, plus assault of a minor, plus kidnapping. Charge him as it should. The victim survived and surely, must have identified her assailant,” one commenter wrote.
Indeed, the little girl did survive, and she was able to identify her attacker. He has been charged and will be forced to pay for his horrific crime.
Hubert is charged with kidnapping. A not-guilty plea was entered at his arraignment on Monday.
He was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing set for Thursday.
Prosecutors say Hubert could face additional charges. [Source: NBC New York]
“Poor little girl must have been traumatized. I hope she will be ok and gets the attention that she needs. Tie him up Choke him and then throw the lowlife piece of s— off the bridge. Don’t waste tax payers money on that cruel and evil Bas—,” a social media user commented on the story.
“Sadly, most children are kidnapped and/or abused by people they know. These perps earn the trust of adults around the kids. It’s how they build their credibility to get away with it, otherwise they wouldn’t attempt it!” wrote another.
“How about charging this lowlife with attempted murder? What did he think would happen by throwing this child off the bridge?? Should be hung from the bridge himself. Lowlife,” suggested someone else.
This 7-year-old girl is alive because of nothing other than her own fortitude and resilience. Up against an evil attacker who left her for dead, she beat the odds, and now, he will be held accountable and unable to do this to someone else. She truly is a remarkable child.