Parents charged in imprisonment of 18-year-old Police find woman chained in basement

June 29, 1998|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF

The parents of an 18-year-old woman who was found chained in the basement of her family home were charged with assault and false imprisonment, Aberdeen police said yesterday.

Sandra Corprew, 37, and Randy Dillard, 40, were accused of chaining their daughter, Lisa Dillard, to a steel column because she had been running away, police said.

Police were summoned to the Woodland Green townhouse development about 3: 15 p.m. Saturday by the woman's 11-year-old brother, who took officers to the basement. There, they forced open a door with a deadbolt lock and found the teen-ager chained by her ankle to a support column. The chain was secured by a padlock, and the woman had apparently been there for several hours, police said.

The lock was cut, and the woman was taken to Harford Memorial Hospital for treatment of bruises to her ankle and complaints of chest pains and was released.

Corprew was released on $5,000 bond yesterday, said a Harford County Detention Center spokesman, and Randy Dillard was being held on a $2,000 bond.

Neighbors in Woodland Green, a new development of $80,000 to $100,000 townhouses, said they were surprised by the incident.

Maria Bentrup, a neighbor, said she often saw the girl outside talking on the telephone. "She was always friendly and said, 'Hi,' " Bentrup said.

Pub Date: 6/29/98

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