The Taylor County Sheriffs Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are looking into claims that a 15-year-old girl was held captive for months at a time.
An anonymous complaint was filed with the state Department of Family and Children Services that the teen was being held against her will at her home in Taylor County.
Taylor County Sheriff Jeff Watson said a deputy was dispatched to the home at 3 p.m. Friday to accompany DFACS workers.
Watson said the deputy did not speak to the girl when he arrived on the scene, but she was standing in the yard with her mother. She was in good condition, he said, and he saw no signs of abuse.
A Columbus television station initially reported that neighbors witnessed the teen being held in a chicken coop, Watson said. If she was being held against her will, the investigation will determine whether she was being kept in a chicken coop, shed or other building, he said.
DFACS took the girl into protective custody, where she remains, the sheriff said. No arrests have been made.
Wayne Smith from the GBI office in Columbus said the GBI has received a valid request from the sheriffs office to continue the investigation, but he would not release further details.
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