Abigail Hernandez Suffered 'Numerous' Acts Of Violence, Lawyers Say

Lawyers representing the New Hampshire teenager who returned home nine months after she vanished on the way home from school say she "suffered numerous acts of unspeakable violence" and her survival is "miraculous."

Abigail Hernandez, right, sits with family and friends prior to the arraignment of Nathaniel Kibby at Conway District Court Tuesday. Kibby was charged with kidnapping Hernandez nine months ago and ordered held on $1 million bail . (Charles Krupa/AP)
Abigail Hernandez, right, sits with family and friends prior to the July arraignment of Nathaniel Kibby, who is charged with kidnapping Hernandez. (Charles Krupa/AP)

"Abby was violently abducted by a stranger," the statement released Tuesday on behalf of Abigail Hernandez and her mother read. "For many months, she suffered numerous acts of unspeakable violence. Through her faith, fortitude and resilience, she is alive today and home with her family."

The statement was published on a website created after the 14-year-old disappeared Oct. 9.

Abigail, now 15, came home July 20, but the circumstances of her return are so far just as murky as the details of her disappearance.

The statement asks that people be sensitive to Abigail's well-being and "give her the time and space she needs" to heal.

Police have charged 34-year-old Nathaniel Kibby with her kidnapping.

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom

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