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Joshua Hubert, who was allowed to stay out of view, attends his arraignment in Central District Court in Worcester, Mass., with lawyer Richard Welsh, right, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. Police in Massachusetts say a 7-year-old girl was kidnapped from her grandparents' home and thrown from a bridge into a lake but survived. Police say the girl was taken Sunday from the Worcester home by family friend Hubert. (Rick Cinclair/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP, Pool)

A 7-year-old girl survived after being kidnapped, choked and thrown off a bridge

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Police in Worcester, Massachusetts, say a 7-year-old girl survived being abducted, choked, and thrown off a bridge over the weekend, our affiliate WGME reports.

WBZ reported that 35-year-old Joshua Hubert was arraigned Monday afternoon on a kidnapping charge.

Officers describe him as a family friend, saying he took the girl from a family party at her grandparents' home around 2:30 a.m. Sunday without her parents' permission.

“They are nice people, quiet people, I can't understand how this would happen to their grandchildren, they must be devastated,” Ann Ford, neighbor, said.

Investigators say Hubert put the girl in a car, choked her and then threw her off a bridge.

The girl survived and swam to shore, showing up at a home in soaking wet pajamas with bruises and marks on her neck.

Police are now asking businesses in the area to look through their surveillance footage.

Hubert is being held without bail.

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