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Ill. police say teen held captive 2 years escapes


Police in southwestern Illinois say a teenage girl reported missing more than two years ago has escaped from a home where she was held captive.

   Police in Washington Park, a village next to East St. Louis, say the girl was raped by her captor, got pregnant and had a baby.

   She escaped from the home earlier this week and went to police, saying her child was still in the house.

   About two dozen members of a SWAT team swarmed the home Thursday afternoon and recovered the child.  A 24-year-old man has been arrested.

   Washington Park Police Chief David Clark says it appears the man's mother assisted in the crime.

   Police say the girl was listed as a missing or runaway juvenile in April 2010. She was 15 when she disappeared.

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