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Woman charged with imprisonment and abuse

A woman will face felony imprisonment charges in court next month for allegedly tying a 22-year-old person with special needs to a desk outside a home on Sunnyside Avenue last week for at least two hours, Madera County Sheriff spokeswoman Erica Stuart said.

Maria Duarte, 48, is charged with false imprisonment and abuse of a dependent adult, Stuart said. Duarte is from Southern California but recently moved to Madera.

Duarte is scheduled to appear in Madera County Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. June 2. On the afternoon of May 7, deputies responded to a jogger’s tip that he saw a what appeared to be a teenaged child in a sweatshirt and helmet tied to a desk outside a home on Sunnyside Avenue, Stuart said.

Witnesses told deputies the dependent adult had been tied to the table for at least two hours. One end of the rope was attached to the victim’s belt loop, with the other end attached to a desk drawer, Stuart said...


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