27 December 2011

'I'll be dead by morning': Terrified mother's Facebook post that saved her and son after being held hostage for five days

A woman used Facebook to seek help after she and her 17-month-old son were held hostage in a house for nearly five days, police said.

Police Sgt. Jon Arnold said the woman hid in a closet with a laptop to post her plea for help on the social networking website, saying she and her son would be 'dead by morning' if they were not rescued from the house in Salt Lake City, Utah. The post prompted someone to call police, who went to the home to check on the woman's welfare, the Associated Press reports.

'Facebook was her only outlet that she had at the home,' Arnold said.

'It just happened that she was able to use it.'

Police arrested Troy Reed Critchfield, 33, and booked him into jail Saturday for investigation of aggravated kidnapping, forcible sodomy, aggravated assault, domestic violence, child abuse, animal cruelty and other charges. Salt Lake County Jail records show Critchfield initially refused to let police in the house.

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