Three accused of kidnapping a pregnant mother to get her unborn child


ROCHESTER, NY. (WHEC) – Three people are in a Rochester, New York jail, accused of kidnapping a pregnant woman and her 2-year-old child, then keeping them prisoner in an effort to take the woman’s unborn child.

According to the police reports, Jillianne and Joshua Mencel and William Geer kept the pregnant mother “in an alarmed room with sealed windows for a period of several weeks, during which time they repeatedly hit and choked her, pulled out chunks of her hair, and repeatedly threatened to kill her and her unborn child.”

Rochester Police say this happened sometime between June 3rd and August 1st, 2016.

Even though neighbors say they heard screaming all the time and called 911 in early August, it wasn’t until someone called 911 to say there was a man with a gun inside the house, that police entered the house and found the victim in her locked room. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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