Family of NH Teen Describes Abduction

By Lesley Engle

Published 08/13 2014 08:51AM

Updated 08/13 2014 08:53AM

Abby Hernandez and her mother Zenya talk with NH Associate Attorney General Jane Young
Abby Hernandez and her mother Zenya talk with NH Associate Attorney General Jane Young
The family of Abby Hernandez says it is a miracle she survived.

Nathaniel Kibby, 34, is charged with kidnapping Hernandez, now 15. He is being held on $1 million cash bail.

The family released a new statement, thanking law enforcement and asking for privacy as the teen recovers from "unspeakable acts of violence."

The statement, released by Attorney Michael Coyne, on behalf of Abby and her mother, Zenya, says she wants time and space to heal both physically and emotionally.

"As the justice system moves forward, and the evidence is revealed, questions about this horrific event will be answered," according to the statement. "Abby was violently abducted by a stranger. For many months, she suffered numerous acts of unspeakable violence. Through her faith, fortitude and resilience, she is alive today and home with her family."

Investigators say Hernandez was confined for a period of time at Kibby's mobile home.

Hernandez disappeared after leaving Kennett High School on October 9, 2013. She returned home in July.

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