Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Dad accused of holding teenage girl prisoner in his home, raping her--and forcing her to babysit his 1-year-old son (Buffalo, New York)

Dad MICHAEL ABDALLAH is charged with holding a 13-year-old runaway girl as a prisoner in his home for 6 months, raping her more than 100 times--and get this--MAKING HER BABYSIT HIS 1-YEAR-OLD SON.

I have looked up several articles on this case, and none of them answer what is one of the primary unanswered questions here: Where is the baby's mother? Was she living in this home? If so, she must have had some idea of what was going on, what with her boyfriend or husband using some 13-year-old kid as a babysitter/sex slave.
Was she a prisoner, too? Too afraid to tell? Or is this a single dad? We need some answers.


Buffalo man accused of imprisoning 13-year-old
The Associated Press
Updated: February 08, 2010, 5:41 pm /
Published: February 08, 2010, 4:55 pm

A 26-year-old Buffalo man remained jailed Monday on charges of holding a 13-year-old runaway in his house for six months, having sex with her more than 100 times and making her baby-sit his 1-year-old son.

Michael Abdallah pleaded not guilty in Buffalo City Court to second-degree rape, unlawful imprisonment and custodial interference Saturday, a day after being arrested at his home.

Many questions about the case remain. Police spokesman Michael DeGeorge was unable to say Monday where the 13-year-old girl is now, or how her ordeal ended. She was held from last July to December. Authorities offered no explanation for the time lag preceding his arrest.

A police report said Abdallah's apartment had no doorknobs and the exit door could only be opened by using a key to unlock two deadbolts. Police also found marijuana inside the home, the report said.

The arrest shocked neighbors, who said they neither saw nor heard anything unusual at the house, especially during the summer months when they had windows open and spent time outside.

George Kimble, who lives four doors away, said his daughters socialized with Abdallah's next-door neighbors, spending time on the porch during nice weather. Neighbors, he said, were often out gardening.

"The whole neighborhood is in shock because nobody heard or suspected or knew anything," said Kimble, who was skeptical of the allegations.

"If somebody was in there, they could have screamed, yelled, hollered, thrown a chair through the window," Kimble said.

Court officials said Abdallah did not have a lawyer Saturday. He is due back in court on Thursday.

A man who answered the phone at Abdallah's brother's house Monday said there was no one there who spoke English.