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Ohio woman pleads guilty in forced-labor case

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman accused of using ice cream to lure a mentally disabled woman and her child to captivity has pleaded guilty in a forced-labor case.

Twenty-one-year-old Dezerah Silsby (SILZ'-bee) of Ashland entered the plea Friday under an agreement sealed in Youngstown federal court.

There was no immediate comment from her attorney. The government wouldn't say whether she had agreed to testify against her co-defendants.

The U.S. attorney's office says she pleaded guilty to four counts of an indictment charging her with threatening the victim, beating her and making her do housework.

Authorities say the woman was enslaved with her child for two years.

Two other defendants face trial in February. A fourth has pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate.

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