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Abby Hernandez isn't just a brave woman who convinced her kidnapper to let her go. She's also the executive producer of her own story.
The kidnapping survivor’s story of resilience is at the heart of Lifetime’s upcoming movie “Girl in the Shed: The Kidnapping of Abby Hernandez,” starring Lindsay Navarro, Ben Savage and Erica Durance.
Hernandez was only 14 when she was kidnapped while walking home from her school in North Conway, New Hampshire, in October of 2013, ABC News reported in 2018. For nine months, her kidnapper kept her hidden in a storage container on his property, located about 30 miles from her hometown. She was forced to endure constant sexual assault and torture at the hands of her abductor, Nathaniel Kibby.
During the horrible ordeal, the quick-witted Hernandez managed to trick Kibby into thinking that they were friends. Eventually, she even convinced him to set her free. She promised him she would never tell on him.
In July of 2014, Kibby drove the teen back to North Conway and released her. A week later, police arrested Kibby. He later pleaded guilty to seven felony counts, including kidnapping and sexual assault and he is now serving a 45 to 90-year sentence.
Hernandez now has a 3-year-old son and works as a hairdresser.
“I don’t feel as scared anymore,” Hernandez told KGET. “Obviously, it’s a weird experience to have this happen in the first place. And then to have it made into a movie is obviously like an even weirder experience. [...] But ultimately, I did find it healing in a weird way just to have it out there.”
Navarro, who plays the kidnapping survivor, told Oxygen.com in an interview that Hernandez consulted her throughout the filming of the movie.
“She was so open and compassionate and ready to answer anything that I asked her,” the actor said. “She blew me away with just her character. I was so blown away by how loving she was and how intentional she was.”
Navarro said she was inspired by Hernandez’s perseverance and ability to not let the ordeal define her life. She credited the teen's faith for getting her through the torture she was subjected to.
“She desires to inspire people and that is the point of this movie,” the actor told Oxygen.com. “Even in the faith of such evil, such wickedness, there can be good. There can be light at the end of it. She wants to [...] inspire people in that way, to show that it is possible that you don’t have to be defined by your circumstances.”
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