SOUTH TOLEDO -- The woman accused of the kidnapping and torture of a 55-year-old man in south Toledo faced a judge on Monday. 30-year-old Jada Farthing was in court for an arraignment on felonious assault and kidnapping charges. Police are still looking for two other people involved in the case.
Detectives say Farthing and her boyfriend abducted their dog-sitter last week because their pit bull turned up missing last week. The sitter says he walked the couple's 9-month-old pit bull puppy three times a day for $15 dollars a day. During one of those walks, the victim said the dog got loose and ran off. Police say the couple thought the victim sold the dog so they beat him with a piece of wood, tried to suffocate him with a plunger, gagged him, and kept a bag over his head.
"They covered his face and then put [a plunger] up against his face to keep him from breathing," said Sgt. Greg Smith of the Toledo Police Department. The 55-year-old victim showed up at the hospital this weekend with severe cuts and bruises. "Our victim could hear the kids and Ms. Farthing upstairs and was sure that the kids could hear him downstairs screaming in agony," said Smith. "That's sub-human to do that to somebody."
Lucas County Children's Services took Farthing's two children from the home after her arrest.
In court, her attorney asked for a low bond, saying the victim himself was a liar. The judge set Farthing's bond at $200,000. Farthing's family says she's a nursing student and wants to help people, so they don't believe she'd do something like this. "I can't see that with Jada, none of this," said Jeaniene Hubbard, the suspect's stepmother. "I can't believe that unless somebody had her scared too. I can't see that, no way."
Police are also looking for Farthing's boyfriend, Robert Lawhorn, in connection with the case. They say a friend of theirs who goes by the nickname "Ding-ding" also may have played a role in the crime.
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