Police: 7-year-old girl kidnapped, strangled, thrown off Worcester bridge

(WHDH) — A 7-year-old girl was found safe early Sunday morning in Shrewsbury following a brutal and violent kidnapping incident in Worcester.

Authorities say the victim was at a family party on Forestdale Road when a 35-year-old family friend kidnapped her around 2:30 a.m.

Authorities say the suspect, 35-year-old Joshua Hubert, was a guest at the cookout when he put the girl in his car, strangled her and threw her into Lake Quinsigamond.

The girl survived the drop and swam to shore on the Shrewsbury side of the lake, where she was found around 4 a.m. with “visible,” but non-life-threatening injuries.

Hubert, a native of Worcester, was arraigned Monday on kidnapping charges. He was ordered held without bail. Additional charges may be on the way.

The Worcester County District Attorney’s Office is leading an investigation.

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