WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) – Police in Massachusetts say a 7-year-old girl was kidnapped from her grandparents’ home and thrown from a bridge into a lake but survived.
Police say the girl was taken at around 2:30 a.m. Sunday from the Worcester home by 35-year-old family friend Joshua Hubert.
Investigators say she was put in a car, choked and then thrown into Lake Quinsigamond.
The girl swam to shore in the town of Shrewsbury and was discovered at about 4 a.m.
Police say she suffered “visible injuries” that were not life-threatening.
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.
Hubert’s lawyer says he maintains his innocence.