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ASHLAND, OH (WOIO) -

Four people have been arrested for holding a mother and her child captive for years in Ashland.

According to the charges, the suspects used beatings, threats of death and threats of attacks from pit bulls and large snakes to hold a woman and her child against their will for two years.

During a Tuesday afternoon news conference, the U.S. Attorney called this "modern-day slavery."

The suspects, Jordie Callahan, Jessica Hunt, Daniel J. Brown and a 4th unnamed suspect allegedly made the woman, whom has a cognitive disability, clean the house, do laundry and yard work. 

She and her child were, at times, not allowed to eat and were forced to sleep in a padlocked room on a cement floor.

Investigators say the suspects forced the mother to hit her child and even videotaped it. They claimed they would show it to the police if she ever left.

In October of 2012, the mother stole a candy bar from a Family Dollar while shopping for the suspects. She told police the people at the house were mean. An investigation was launched and officials conducted a raid at the Ashland home on Tuesday.

Officials say the woman and her child were removed from the house several months ago and are recovering.

Click here to read the affidavit for the case.

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