The Associated Press reports three people have been arrested in the case of four malnourished, mentally disabled adults who were discovered locked in the basement of a home in northeast Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Police made the discovery yesterday of four adults who appeared to have been locked up behind a steel door in a basement in the city’s Tacony neighborhood.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, a 51-year-old man was taken into custody at the scene, while two others, a woman and another man, were taken into custody Saturday night.
Several media outlets, including Fox 29, report police were called to the 4700 block of Longshore Ave. to help with a dispute with a landlord Saturday morning.
While in the basement of the building, police apparently heard a noise behind a locked steel door. When the door was opened, police found four people who appeared to be disabled and malnourished.
WPVI-TV reports the four adults were confined to a 15 by 15-foot space
According to Fox 29, three of the people found are men, with the oldest being 40. The fourth person, a woman, appeared to be about 20-years-old.
Fox 29 says chains were allegedly used to restrain some of them.
All four were taken to Frankford Hospital, where they are being cared for and fed.