When social workers finally found Christine Garrity locked in a filthy attic, the mentally impaired woman weighed just 60 pounds and was so hungry she lunged at some cereal and began stuffing her mouth.
This past week, nearly five months after that shocking discovery, Garrity’s sister, brother-in-law and niece, were arrested on charges accusing them of keeping the woman locked up for months and stealing her $600 monthly Social Security checks to buy pizza, sandwiches and mail-order goods.
“They kept her as a prisoner,” Sheriff Gerald McFaul said Saturday. “They treated her like a dog. Every time she wanted something to eat, they would whack her.”
Mary Good, 41, Martin Good, 51, and Mary Good’s daughter, Elizabeth Reyes, 21, had fled Cleveland last month after being indicted on charges of attempted murder, felonious assault and kidnapping. They were arrested in Philadelphia on Thursday and are fighting extradition to Ohio.