The Muskogee, Oklahoma man who is accused of kidnapping his stepdaughter at age 11 and then impregnating her with nine children has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Henri Michelle Piette, 63, allegedly kidnapped Rosalynn Michelle McGinnis in 1995 or 1996 and then moved from location to location, including Mexico, for nearly two decades, The Associated Press reported.
McGinnis, now 33, found the strength to escape last year while living in a tent with Piette and their children in Mexico. She fled with her children and went to the US embassy for help.
“I knew that if I didn’t get out of there I’d either go insane or I would end up dying and leaving my kids with that man,” McGinnis told People earlier this year. She told the publication that it felt “so nice to be able to tell somebody the truth.”
The Associated Press reported that McGinnis had two of the nine children with Piette before she turned 18. While being held captive, McGinnis was allegedly abused in other horrific ways. She said she was stabbed, choked until unconscious, beaten with baseball bats and even shot, the Oklahoman reported.
FBI agent Adam Reynolds wrote in an affidavit that Piette “married” the victim in a van when she was 11. Then, they allegedly first had sex in the back room of a home where McGinnis shared a bunk bed with "another female."
According to The Oklahoman, Piette "took" McGinnis from her school in 1997 after McGinnis’ mother left Piette because he had allegedly abused her. Then, Piette began introducing McGinnis to his other children as “their new mother,” an FBI agent told the Oklahoman.
It is unclear at this time if Piette has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf in regard to these charges, which are federal. He does have an attorney for the state charges, but she did not return comment to The Associated Press.
Piette potentially faces life behind bars. The kidnapping charges he faces alone could result in a life sentence, as does the state first-degree rape charge and the child abuse by injury charge.
A GoFundMe account to help McGinnis and her children who range in age from 2 to 17 years old. The children are currently being treated for PTSD, People reported.
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