Cassandra's mother, Susan Laky, testified that she saw her daughter about five hours after the abduction at Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg, where she had been taken by state police. She stated her daughter's face "was two to three times its normal size. Her upper lip was swollen to such a degree it almost touched her nose and her lower lip was down to her jaw line." She said areas of the girl's face, head and neck were raw and there were "fingerprints and big bruises along the top of her shoulders. The inside of her mouth was cut, a tooth was missing and there were bruises on the back and sides of her head. Her hands were bruised and cut." She said the fingerprints and bruises on her daughter's neck and shoulders "were very visible, and it looked like she was strangled."
Mrs. Laky said the girl was allowed to return home and it took a few weeks before the girl started to recover.
Cassandra, a bubbly blonde, testified that two men rushed into her grandmother's home and "one tied me and my grandmom up with silver ducttape." The girl said the men wanted money and the keys to the car. She said one of the men "picked me up under the arms" and she was carried to her grandmother's car, where she was placed in the trunk. Cassandra continued to say that she heard two car doors close and felt the car move. "They took me someplace, and one got out of the car and one drove away. I was still in the trunk."
The girl stated that when the car stopped a second time, one of the men, "still wearing a ski mask," carried her from the trunk "across the street and put me in an outhouse. He started to choke me," she said. She said he placed his fingers over her mouth and nose and banged her head against the floor.
"I blacked out, and he wasn't there when I woke up. I was still in the outhouse and was in...