Police responding to a Virginia home were reportedly stunned when a woman and her two children ran off as they approached.
The reason: Cops say the mother and the kids had been held captive in the Fredericksburg home by a man for years.
The 32-year-old mother and her kids, ages 11 and 8, reportedly ran out a side door as the man reluctantly spoke with police at the front door at about 5 p.m. Saturday.
That man, 43-year-old Kariem Ali Muhammad Moore, had allegedly been keeping them captive for some two years and, according to police, the shocking situation only came to light when a concerned caller alerted authorities that the woman hadn't been seen in a while.
Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Lieutenant C.A. Carey told Fredericksburg.com that the children had never been to school as far as investigators know.
The mother was taken to a hospital in serious condition, reportedly due to an ongoing illness that had gone untreated. The children also received treatment at a hospital.
The kids are now in the care of a relative, according to reports.
Investigators have been told Moore is the father of the children, but that has not been verified, Carey said.
Moore has been charged with three counts of abduction by force, intimidation or deception as well as assault and battey on a family member, according to online police records.
Moore is being held in the Rappahannock Jail without bail.