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Alleged Philadelphia "Basement of Horrors" victim testifies

The dank basement room in Philadelphia where Gregory Thomas, Linda Ann Weston, Jean McIntosh and Eddie Wright, inset from left to right, allegedly held captive four weak and malnourished mentally disabled adults is seen Oct. 17, 2011. AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department

The dank basement room in Philadelphia where Gregory Thomas, Linda Ann Weston, Jean McIntosh and Eddie Wright, inset from left to right, allegedly held captive four weak and malnourished mentally disabled adults is seen Oct. 17, 2011.
The basement room in Philadelphia where Gregory Thomas, Linda Ann Weston, Jean McIntosh and Eddie Wright, inset from left to right, allegedly held four malnourished mentally disabled adults captive, Oct. 17, 2011.
AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department

(CBS/AP) PHILADELPHIA - One of the mentally disabled men found locked inside a Philadelphia basement in October testified Monday that he has spent the last 10 years locked in rooms and closets across the country by defendant Linda Ann Weston.

Pictures: Philly Basement of Horrors

Edwin Sanabria, 31, told the court that Weston made him sign papers giving her access to his monthly Social Security check to her in 2001, and he never saw his monthly $674 again.

Sanabria said Weston kept him and others hostage in Florida, Texas, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Weston, 51, along with her boyfriend, Gregory Thomas, 47, and Eddie "the Rev. Ed" Wright, 50, were originally charged with kidnapping, assault, and false imprisonment. According to CBS Philly, prosecutors have added charges of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, stalking, theft, and neglect.

A landlord found Sanabria and three other people locked in a filthy sub-basement on October 15. The case widened when police found six children, ages 2 to 19, who had also allegedly been traveling with Weston. One was identified as Weston's niece, who was reported missing in 2009.

"She appears to be severely malnourished and looks like she's probably been beaten over a large portion of her life," Capt. Jack McGinnis of the Philadelphia Police Department told CBS Philly.

Two of the other children belonged to Tamara Breeden, the woman found captive in the basement. According to Sanabria's brother, Breeden and Sanabria have been a couple for more than a decade.

According to court documents, Weston was found guilty in 1984 for murdering her sister's boyfriend by locking him in a closet and refusing to feed him for two months. She was released after serving eight years.

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