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Woman allegedly kidnapped, beaten, and forced into dog cage

Four women are facing kidnapping and assault charges after they allegedly beat another woman with a golf club, burned her, cut her hair, and forced her into a dog cage, according to the Worcester Police Department.

Members of the Worcester Police Department’s vice squad found the 35-year-old victim Wednesday in an apartment located at 6 Mount Pleasant St. and her face was swollen and bleeding, police said in a press release.

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The victim told police that she had been held against her will inside the apartment since approximately 1 p.m. that day, according to the press release. She told police that when she first arrived she was welcomed inside the apartment, and then two of the women began punching her in the face and another woman struck her in the head with a golf club. The women proceeded to tie her hands and legs up with tape and left her on the living room floor, and they also cut her hair, burned her with a lit cigarette, and “pushed her inside a dog cage for a while,” police said in the press release.

Officers reported seeing several crack pipes and used needles on the floor of the apartment, and some ammunition on top of a dresser drawer, according to the press release. Police also found a small bag that contained crack cocaine, a digital scale, plastic sandwich baggies, a bag that contained cyclobenzaprine, a .45 caliber bullet, a cellphone and $55 in cash.

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The victim was taken to a local hospital where she was treated and released.

Two residents of 6 Mount Pleasant St. — 40-year-old Lillian Salgado and 30-year-old Jessica Moody — were arrested along with Shayna Alexander, 41 of Worcester and Mariah Murphy, 21, of Charlton. All four were charged with assault and battery, three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and kidnapping. Murphy also had an outstanding warrant for past drug offenses, police said in the press release.

Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.
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