Lawyer for Abigail Hernandez Describes Teen’s Kidnapping as ‘Violent’

Abigail Hernandez, right, sits with family and friends as she listens to her mother Zenya Hernandez, center, talk with N.H. Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young, right, prior to the arraignment of Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham, N.H. at Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Kibby was charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail after a brief court appearance Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)
Abigail Hernandez, right, sat with family and friends as she listened to her mother Zenya Hernandez, center, talk with N.H. Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young, right, prior to the arraignment of Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham, N.H. at Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Kibby was charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail after a brief court appearance Tuesday.
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In comments released on Tuesday afternoon, an attorney for kidnapped teenager Abigail Hernandez described her nine-month disappearance as “violent” and called her survival “miraculous.”

The statement, published on the “Bring Abby Home” website created after the girl disappeared on her way home from school on October 9 of last year, made public some of the details of her ordeal, saying that Hernandez “suffered numerous acts of unspeakable violence” and that as evidence is revealed the “questions about this horrific event will be answered.”

Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham, N.H. stands during his arraignment at Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Kibby was charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail after a brief court appearance Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)
Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham, N.H. stood during his arraignment at Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Kibby was charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez nine months ago and was ordered held on $1 million bail after a brief court appearance Tuesday.
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Gorham, New Hampshire resident Nathaniel Kibby, 34, is accused of being responsible for her kidnapping and captivity, and, according to The Boston Globe, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony kidnapping.

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The details of Hernandez’s kidnapping and eventual return on July 20 of this year remain unclear, but the statement said her family hoped the public would “be sensitive to the well-being of this child” and allow her “some time and space to physically and emotionally heal.”