Utah woman, son rescued after Facebook post

December 26, 2011 - 5:45 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah police say a woman used Facebook to get help after she and her 17-month-old son were held hostage at a residence for nearly five days.

Salt Lake County Jail documents say the woman posted on Saturday that she and her son would be "dead by morning" if they were not rescued. That prompted a welfare check at the home by Sandy police.

Officers arrested 33-year-old Troy Reed Critchfield and booked him into jail for investigation of aggravated kidnapping, forcible sodomy, aggravated assault, domestic violence, child abuse, animal cruelty and other charges.

He remained in jail on Monday.

It was not immediately clear whether Critchfield had an attorney.

Police say the woman hid in a closet and used a laptop to post the Facebook message.