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February 21st, 2012
06:56 PM ET

Passerby saves young girl investigators say was kept in basement by family

Mike Vega of Madison, Wisconsin stumbled across and alerted authorities to a young girl investigators say was kept in a basement, starved and sexually abused. Vega told Brooke the girl looked "like she just came from Auschwitz."

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  1. Jimmy

    Unimaginable.

    February 24, 2012 at 10:52 am |
  2. Chels925

    thank god this man stopped to help her! There are still some good people out there in the world!

    February 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  3. melvinslizard

    Forgive me, Lord, for the things I want to do to this family. Please bless this child. Amen.

    February 28, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  4. geraldine drewlo

    I agree. Please Lord help this girl. Restore her to good health, so she may have a good future path for her life and except you as Saviour.

    February 29, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
  5. Greg

    I was just listening to a discussion about a book called "Beautiful Souls". It's about men like this, who did something amazing when it would have been easier, or safer, not to. Mike Vega's got some good Karma coming his way!

    March 1, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
  6. Dylan

    Weird that the girl would turn to God as her savior after he let her get sexually abused and starved for a decade. You people are nuts.

    March 8, 2012 at 9:05 am |
  7. Bev

    "Confined" movie on Netflix. Very Good. Rescued by new neighbor who moves in next door.

    March 11, 2012 at 10:03 am |
  8. Bev

    now her family will be confined, in prison. What goes round, comes round.

    March 11, 2012 at 10:10 am |
  9. FrackAtheists

    Dylan I know this family they are all Atheists & they locked her in the basement for believing in God. so much for your mythology.

    March 13, 2012 at 4:26 am |
  10. Csam18

    FrackAtheists, there was a story sometime back about a family being extremely religious, beat their child to death in the name of God. What's your point? If anything, it goes to show that God doesn't exist. If she sat there waiting for God to come, she'd be dead. She had to gather the strength on her own to leave that hole and seek help, which she did and is now in a better place. When those step parents decided to lock her up for believing in God, why didn't God part the skies and the seas and shake the house in her defense? Because there isn't one.

    March 14, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
  11. Ann

    God is good – he sustained her during it and He will continue to sustain her now!

    March 15, 2012 at 10:22 am |
  12. Guest

    You know, it's funny how people compare the type of people who do these sort of things to animals, but the truth is, animals don't do this sort of thing. They instinctively take care of each other and unconditionally love their humans too (even when they are abused). Humans are set apart from animals because we have supposedly evolved. I simply can't imagine any person doing this to anyone, let alone their own flesh and blood; thinking of it in the first place and then actually doing it. I believe in due process and all that, but some people should just be shot dead, right where they're standing.

    March 16, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  13. Guest 2

    To Guest:
    I so agree with you on the animal part. Animals are so much better in so many ways than humans. Humans hurt, kill, torturer, deceive, for their own pleasure. Animals would never do that. And God is good and like Ann said, he sustained her during her ordeal and eventually he did send the good Samaritan and freed her. Well this is what I believe anyway!

    March 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  14. tracy Ricottelli

    I am so happy that someone stood up and called. Saving this young grls life.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:28 am |
  15. Jeff

    It amazes me that people will use stuff like this to try to prove God does or doesn't exist. People exist, and people have free will. The Christian God allows free will, therefoe evil to exist. Under this belief, the only way to remove evil is to remove free will. Removing free will, removes choice, removing choice removes faith, and it removes the reason Christians believe God created man, for fellowship with him by choice. If you are going to argue the existence of a God, do it with a sound debate, you cannot debate what you don't understand Csam18. If your belief truely is Atheism, understand how to debate it instead of looking like just another idiot who claims to be an atheist, but truely understands nothing because they have no depth in their own beliefs.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  16. berta

    God can and will restore her over-all health. We hear more of these kinds of stories and unfortunately more is expected because God will make it known whom is hurting his children. I feel scared for the perpetrators in this case. I hope they know how to ask God for forgiveness before it is too late.

    March 19, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  17. oceans33

    God helps those that help themselves. The child ran from hell into the arms of and angel. I hope her road to recovery can be swift

    March 20, 2012 at 2:36 am |
  18. Dr Judy

    Unfortunately there are thousands of children who are prisoners in their own homes. Beaten, raped, tortured, and subject to all types of abuses. This is a very big problem but abused animals have more rights than children. Police take away animals-never to be returned but children are forced to stay there and keep suffering. This is one of the biggest problems we have in the world. I am tired of the reasoning that parents give "It's my child and I can do anything I want". That is not allowed if it has to do with an animals. What is wrong with our society????

    March 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm |

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