Abigail Hernandez returned home nine months after she was "violenty abducted," but it wasn’t before she “suffered numerous acts of unspeakable violence” by her kidnapper, ABC News reported Wednesday.
Nathaniel Kibby, 34, was charged with the Oct. 9, 2013, kidnapping of Hernandez, then 14, but further details have not been made public. The teen apparently walked into her mother’s home on July 20 and that’s all the information about the incident that has been shared.
Now that she has returned home, family attorney Michael Coyne told People.com the teen is "working through issues that no child should have to work through. That was the purpose of trying to get some of that information out there, to ask people to just give her some time … after many, many months of confinement."
Hernandez’s mother, Zenya, did not believe her daughter ran away or was pregnant during the high-profile search. But apparently that hasn't stopped rumors from spreading since the girl was kidnapped on Oct. 9, 2013, as she walked home from Kennett High School in North Conway, New Hampshire.
“There's been a lot of hurtful misinformation and misinformed speculation," Michael Coyne, the family's attorney, told People.com. "It is problematic that everyone has an opinion and thinks they know what happened. But only as the facts and evidence are disclosed will people really understand what took place."
Coyne asked the public to give the teen privacy while she heals from the ordeal on the website Bring Abby Home.
"Abby needs and wants some time and space to physically and emotionally heal. It is going to be a long process in pursuit of justice for Abby and for Abby to get physically and emotionally stronger," the statement reads, in part.
Hernandez sat in the front row when Kibby was charged with kidnapping on Aug. 6, ABC News wrote.
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