Woman, 2 children free after being held captive for 2 years in Va. home

Kariem Ali Muhammad Moore (Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office)

A woman and two children are free after being held captive inside a Spotsylvania home for years, the sheriff's office confirmed to The Free Lance-Star Wednesday.

On Saturday, sheriff's deputies arrived at a home in the 3600 block of Mine Road at around 5 p.m. after receiving a welfare call stating that the residents had not been seen in a while, Lt. C.A. Carey told the newspaper.

According to authorities, 43-year-old Kariem Ali Muhammad Moore opened the door to the residence and deputies say he "appeared reluctant to let them into the house."

Deputies say that as they were talking to Moore, a 32-year-old woman and two boys, aged 8 and 11, "ran out of a side door and were taken into safety by the deputies."

Authorities say the woman, who is Moore's girlfriend, and children said they had been not been allowed to leave the home for around two years.

Carey told the newspaper the children had not attended school. It is unclear whether or not Moore is the father of the children.

Moore has been charged with three felony counts of abduction and felony assault and battery. He is currently being held without bond at the Rappahonock Regional Jail. Authorities say more charges may be filed.

The woman is receiving treatment at a local hospital following a domestic dispute and is now in stable condition, according to ABC7's Richard Reeve.

Carey says the two boys are in the care of family members. They also received medical attention, according to the newspaper.

Reeve says Moore and the woman were both unemployed.

An investigation is ongoing.

This story has been updated, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017

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