Lavonia man indicted for holding family captive

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LAVONIA, Ga. - A Franklin County grand jury has indicted a man accused of holding his wife and children captive in a filthy, roach-infested trailer.

The grand jury on Monday indicted Raymond Daniel "Danny" Thurmond on one count of rape, five counts of felony false imprisonment and five counts of first-degree felony cruelty to children.

Authorities said the 36-year-old held his wife and four children captive in the trailer in Lavonia for three years. They said his kids were malnourished and were not allowed to leave the trailer.

Thurmond has been held in the Franklin County Detention Center since mid-August. Officials said he will be arraigned and a trial date set in 2009.

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