Teen ‘held hostage, beaten’ at Brisbane home
A TEENAGER who suffered "significant injuries" after allegedly being held against her will and tortured over three days at a house south of Brisbane was only rescued by chance, police say.
Police allegedly discovered a 19-year-old woman tied up and significantly injured in a Clearview St home in Waterford West around 10.55pm, after they had been called there to investigate an unrelated matter. Two children were at the house when police entered, officers say.
It is alleged the woman had been taken to the house and held captive since Monday morning by a 40-year-old woman who lived at the home.
Detective Inspector Tod Reid said the woman had suffered severe injuries to her torso and face including burns, abrasions, bruising and lacerations.
"At this stage we came here in relation to another enquiry, and at that time we happened to find the female victim inside the residence at that time," he said.
"There is some information that she was given really basic necessities by her (alleged) captor, so yes some food and water was provided."
Det Insp Reid said there were other people in the home, including two children.
He said part of the investigation is to determine if other people were involved.
"Two people that were present were kids, and we've got their welfare in mind in terms of whether they were exposed to any of this (alleged) offending and to make sure that their welfare is paramount and that they've been relocated," he said.
The 40-year-old Waterford West woman has been charged with one count each of kidnapping, deprivation of liberty, torture and failing to appear in accordance with an undertaking. She will appear in the Beenleigh Magistrate Court later today.
Investigations are continuing.
The teenager was taken to hospital for treatment.