Authorities: More charges filed in Philly captives case

Police said the victims were held captive in this room as part of a scheme to steal Social Security checks.

Story highlights

  • Additional accusations include kidnapping, assault and reckless endangerment
  • Three people are held on high bails
  • The accusatons relate to a teenager rescued from a closet
  • Three of the defendants were re-arrested Thursday, authorities say
Additional charges were filed Friday against three of the four Philadelphia defendants accused so far in the so-called "dungeon case," officials said Friday.
They are charged in connection with a teenager who was previously rescued from a closet, Tasha Jamerson, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia district attorney's office told CNN.
Linda Weston, Eddie Wright and Jean McIntosh face aggravated assault, simple assault, kidnapping, reckless endangerment and other charges in connection with the alleged abuse of Beatrice Weston, the niece of Linda Weston, authorities said.
Weston, 51, and Wright, 49, remain jailed and are being held on bails of $2 million. The bail for McIntosh, 32, was set at $1 million.
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Their next court date was set for November 15.
Linda Weston, charged with locking up four mentally and physically disabled adults in a small basement boiler room as part of what authorities said is a suspected scheme to steal Social Security checks, was taken from jail with two of her co-defendants to a police precinct and re-arrested Thursday in what was described as regular procedure, Lt. Ray Evers told CNN.
Beatrice Weston, 19, was found by police a few days after the disabled adults were freed from a basement. Investigators have said the teenager had been hidden in an upstairs closet in McIntosh's apartment.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has said the 19-year-old was so badly beaten, burned and malnourished that he had never seen injuries like it in his 40-year career.
Meantime, the police investigation continues to widen.
CNN affiliate WPVI reported that police searched the basement and garage of another home where a woman died in 2005. The home is about a mile from where the four adults were locked in a boiler room, the Philadelphia television station reported.
Police declined to confirm the search to CNN.
"We're looking at all leads involving Linda Weston's past over the last several years and that brings us to houses where she stayed in the past and any deaths and issues with missing persons, " Evers told CNN.
"We're looking at any people under her care in that period of time and anyone for whom she received Social Security checks," he added.
A hearing is scheduled for next week on a prosecutor's motion to the court requesting a gag order to prevent investigators from publicly discussing the case.