A Worcester, Massachusetts man accused of kidnapping a friends daughter is facing charges of attempted murder, after authorities found that the 7-year-old girl had been wrapped in a blanket and thrown from a bridge.
According to court records, new charges filed in Westborough District Court indicate authorities believe Joshua Hubert, 35, threw the child into Lake Quinsigamond last Sunday.
Hubert was originally charged in Worcester Central District Court with kidnapping, but after further investigation, Shrewsbury Police detectives filed an attempted murder charge on Thursday.
According to authorities, Hubert took the girl from her grandparents’ home in Worcester on Sunday morning at around 2:30 a.m. After driving around Worcester in his 2004 Saturn, Hubert at some point stopped the car and proceeded to choke the child. He eventually drove to a bridge at the Worcester-Shrewsbury line, then threw the bundled girl into Lake Quinsigamond.
“Shortly before 4 o’clock in the morning, the defendant stopped and exited his motor vehicle on the bridge,” Shrewsbury Police Sgt. Michael Cappucci wrote in the filing. “He picked up the victim, who was then wrapped in a blanket, and did throw the victim over the bridge side down to the water below with the intent to commit murder.”
The 7-year-old girl survived the fall and was able to swim to shore, where she reached a neighboring home. A woman in the home offered aid to the child, who was described as wearing soaking wet pajamas. She also reportedly had bruises on her body, marks on her neck and other injuries, according to authorities.
Hubert, described as a friend of the girl’s family, had been at a cookout hosted by the girl’s grandparents. He took the child when he left the event, police say.
Hubert allegedly admitted to being at the cookout, but through his attorney, Richard M. Welsh Jr., he says he did not “leave with the girl,”
and denies having involvement in the incident.
According to prosecutor Cheryl Riddle, Hubert was captured on surveillance footage at around 3:30 a.m. The content of that video footage was not disclosed in court.
Additionally, the 7-year-old identified Hubert as her attacker, and a witness has placed Hubert on a bridge that night, reports indicate.
Hubert had been held on $1 million cash bail after a “dangerousness” hearing in Worcester Central District Court Thursday. Court officials say Hubert will be arraigned next week on the attempted murder charge.
Hubert was suspended “indefinitely” from the Fay School, an affluent private school in Southborough, where he was hired in early July to work in the school’s technology department.
“We learned this morning that Mr. Hubert was arrested for abducting and physically assaulting a 7-year-old girl,” Rob Gustavson Jr., the Head of School wrote a letter to parents. “According to reports, the girl was abducted from a private residence in Worcester, and neither that location nor the victim have any connection to Fay School.”
— Boston Herald (@bostonherald) August 31, 2017
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) August 30, 2017
Joshua Hubert charged w/att murder in kidnapping case. Court docs say he threw 7 y.o, wrapped in blanket, off bridge pic.twitter.com/qLoxQBp2IO
— Caroline Connolly (@CConnNBCBoston) August 31, 2017
You may view videos of local media coverage as well as an interview with Hubert’s attorney below.
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