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Woman accused of tying 11 year-old girl to a pole in her basement

Rocio Ochoa, La Grange Police Department Photo

Rocio Ochoa, 44, faces felony charges of aggravated domestic battery and unlawful restraint after an 11-year-old girl told La Grange, Illinois police officers her guardian tied her to a pole in the basement, La Grange Police Chief Michael Holub said Thursday.

The girl said she had been restrained in the basement of a home, but was able to free herself and walk to the police station on Monday, police said. The report indicated that the girl said her 9-year-old sister was still at the home with their guardian.

La Grange officers checked the girl for injuries and performed a well-being check on her 9-year-old sister at the residence, according to a police press release. The girls were checked by medical personnel and interviewed by the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Cook County.

According to police, the Cook County State’s Attorney and the Department of Children and Family Services were involved in the investigation. As a result of investigation, police arrested  Ochoa (of the same address), the court-appointed guardian of the girls.  Ochoa was transported to the in the Bridgeview Branch of Cook County Court, where bond was set at $300,000, police said. The arraignment has been set for July.