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.