An East Texas vet assisted a woman who escaped torture

ATHENS, Texas (KLTV) – Todd Laughrey is an East Texas equine veterinarian who was caring for animals last week when he heard an employee yelling, “Call 9-1-1!”

Working with animals, he assumed that someone had been hit by a horse.

“As soon as she walked through the door, I realized it wasn’t just a kick,” Laughrey said.

An employee brought a woman inside, who was covered in blood.

“His shirt was torn,” Laughrey said. “So much blood on her face. She was so beaten. So beat. Her face was just a mess.

Laughrey said she had burns on her arms. The employee was working outside when he saw this woman coming towards him.

“Treading through the woods,” Laughrey said. “I ran into the woods and just started screaming for help.”

Laughrey tried to help her calm down and asked her questions like, “God, where have you been? What’s going on? Who did this to you?”

“Can you lock the doors?” No one can enter here! Laughrey said the woman asked.

According to Sheriff Botie Hillhouse, the woman is from Maine. She met the six suspects online and lived in the house with them from November until the day she escaped.

The woman initially said she didn’t need an ambulance, but after seeing her injuries, Laughrey knew she needed help.

The suspects are being held in Henderson County Jail on charges of aggravated kidnapping. Their bonds are set at $500,000 each.

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