Woman held captive in home for years, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says

Husband of victim charged in case

WELLINGTON, Fla. - After three years, a Wellington woman was able to escape what investigators with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office say was an abusive situation. The woman, authorities say, was held inside her own home by her own husband, unable to leave until this week.

Sheriff's office documents allege Qasem Alabed, 42, beat his wife, who is three months pregnant, with a TV remote and a cable.

A probable cause affidavit states that the victim and her three -year-old son had not been allowed to leave since 2010.

Authorities believe that the victim, who is not being identified, and her son, were held at the home in the Sag Harbor Court development until Wednesday night.

She fled, they say, to nearby Wellington City Hall to call for help.

Neighbors said they were unaware that a woman and young boy were even living at the home.

"I never thought something like that. It's pretty nuts," said Chris Martindale, who has lived in the development for thirteen years. "Anything could be happening. You never know."

Alabed was released from the Palm Beach County Jail on Thursday evening after posting $20,000 bond. He is charged with two counts of aggravated battery.

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