Police Say Woman Held Against Her Will, Beaten By Couples

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

State police may have saved a Perry County woman's life by checking out a complaint.

Four people are in jail accused of holding Donna Hicks prisoner and abusing her for at least four months.

Kentucky State Police say they found Donna Hicks just days from death. They say Hicks was held captive in a utility closet, beaten and malnourished.

"Ms. Hicks had significant bruising on her body," said Kentucky State Police Trooper Tony Watts.

From head to toe, police say there was evidence that Hicks was kicked, punched, bit and whipped with belts and extension cords. Police also found four other people in the home, Billy Williams and Charlotte Crawford, as well as her son, Billy Crawford and Penny Ford. Police arrested the two couples and believe they are responsible for keeping Donna Hicks in a closet and abusing her from July to November, all for her money.

"That's like something you'd see on a movie," said Neighbor Danny Lovins.

Lovins has lived in the Bulan community his whole life, but he says since they moved into the area about one year ago, many nights have been restless.

"One day this guy had a girl down out in the road there whipping on her and beating on her and somebody called 911 and state police come over," Lovins said.

Lovins says he never heard any cries for help from Donna Hicks but police say that's probably because her injuries were so severe when they rescued her, that she still can't speak.

"We don't need stuff like that going on in this holler. I've got a grandchild I have to go over and get off that bus every evening and has to walk right by there," Lovins said.

Police say Hicks is still in the hospital in stable condition. All four people arrested are being held in the Kentucky River Regional Jail on $100,000 cash bonds. All are charged with unlawful imprisonment and criminal abuse. Police say they expect more charges after the case is presented to the grand jury.

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