A truly horrifying story has come out of Spotsylvania, Virginia.
A so-called father has been arrested for keeping his seriously-ill girlfriend and two children captive for more than two years.
Kareim Ali Muhammad Moore, 43, has been charged with abduction and felony assault and battery.
The 32-year-old woman is currently in a serious condition in hospital due to her ongoing health problems. She was not permitted to leave the house for treatment.
The two children, who Moore is the father of, are aged 11 and eight.
Officers made a welfare check to the home when the woman and children ran toward them.
Authorities had been contacted by a worried family member who was anxious that they had not seen the woman and children for a long time, the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star reports.
It is not thought the children had ever been to school. All three had not been allowed to leave the house for two years.
Moore is currently being held without bond in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.