Amite woman pleads guilty in caging of autistic relative

Bridget Lambert ( | The Times-Picayune archive) An Amite woman has pleaded guilty to a federal crime for holding an autistic relative captive – sometimes in a makeshift cage – for about 10 months and forcing her to do chores in exchange for food and water, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Friday (Sept. 28).

Bridget Lambert, 21, entered the plea Thursday on a count of forced labor conspiracy, the office said in a news release.

Lambert faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 20.

Lambert admitted that she conspired with other family members between Aug. 13, 2015, and June 30, 2016, to use force and the threat of force to make the young woman work for them, the release said.

She admitted that they subjected the woman to routine physical abuse, threats and verbal and psychological abuse to ensure her compliance with orders, authorities said.

On one occasion, Lambert hit the woman in the head with a board. On another, she held the woman’s arms so someone else could burn her with a cigarette lighter, according to the release."Lambert conspired to brutally coerce a vulnerable victim with disabilities to work long hours in despicable conditions and no […]

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