Police sought a Georgetown, Ohio, man Friday on a variety of charges stemming from the captivity of an 11-year-old girl who was found malnourished and in liver failure, locked in a trailer guarded by dogs behind the man's house.

A tip from an online teacher administering a test led child welfare workers to the girl in September. She was taken Mount Orab Mercy and the Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati for treatment. Authorities said if she had not been rescued when she was, she would have died.

Indictments were issued Thursday for Charles and Margaret Breeze. They are accused of kidnapping, felonious assault and endangering children. Margaret Breeze was in custody at Brown County Jail on $250,000 bond. Charles Breeze remained at-large as of Friday morning.

The teacher noticed the girl was reacting slowly as she took an online test. The News Democrat obtained the conversation, which revealed the girl was only given “a plate of rice at midnight” and if she had anything else she would “get in trouble.”

The teacher reported the situation to authorities in Brown County, who notified Child Protective Services.

An investigator found the girl malnourished, wearing a diaper, and living in a separate trailer that had been barricaded and kept under surveillance. The investigator removed her from the home. The girl weighed just 47 pounds and was suffering from liver failure.

“If she had stayed in that house much longer, she would have died,” Brown County Sheriff’s Office Detective Quinn Carlson told the News Democrat.

Carlson visited the house with additional officers and a search warrant after the girl had been removed. Investigators reportedly found a monitor with a live feed in Breezes’ master bedroom of the trailer, which was barricaded on one side and surrounded by German shepherds.

Carlson also told the News Democrat surveillance videos were obtained from the home that reportedly contained verbal abuse toward the girl.

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