INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - One thing is for sure the two teens who lived through that kidnapping are true survivors. They managed to stay alive through an experience that could have devastating psychological effects.
Multiple kidnappers stormed the LaSalle Street home and threw Aaron and Emma Blackwell in separate cars to endure hours of terror.
Investigators said three black males kicked in the door of the home on Monday around 2:30 a.m and bound 16-year-old Aaron Blackwell and his 13-year-old sister Emma's hands with zip ties, put them in different cars, and took them to Detroit.
Police in Detroit found Aaron about 15 hours later, blindfolded in the luggage compartment of an SUV. His wrists were bruised, and he said kidnappers cut his fingers when he couldn't answer their questions, cuts so bad he needed stitches.
His sister Emma turned up March 3rd at the LaSalle Street home. She told investigators she'd been driven from Detroit to Kentucky, and then to a Taco Bell in Dayton, Ohio, where the kidnappers gave her $200 and told her to take a cab home.
"I just can't imagine the amount of trauma they went through," said Janice Gabe, a youth social worker. "All those hours, not knowing what was going to happen to them, not knowing if they were going to survive."
Gabe said the kidnapping will haunt the brother and sister their whole lives, namely because it's a traumatic event, occurring during adolescence, when the brain is still developing.
"They lose time with their development, as well as having to deal with this trauma," said Gabe.
Gabe said the teens will be flooded with emotional reactions, for years.
"They can heal, but the healing process, it doesn't happen quickly," she said.
As for the teens, we'd been told previously that they are in protective custody.
DCS would not confirm if they are monitoring or caring for the children. IMPD also referred all questions to the U.S. Attorney's office.
U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler would not comment on the whereabouts of the teens, either.