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Woman is freed after two decades

June 15, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

An Italian woman whose family kept her locked in a room for almost two decades after she was accused of becoming pregnant out of wedlock has been freed by police, authorities said.

Police said they found the 47-year-old woman in a filthy room in the home near Naples.

The woman was admitted to the psychiatric ward of a Naples hospital, the ANSA news agency reported.

Authorities arrested the woman's brother and sister and put her 80-year-old mother under house arrest. The three were being investigated on suspicion of mistreatment and kidnapping.

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