• Former police dispatcher accused of kidnapping 7-year-old girl

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    WORCESTER, Mass. - A 7-year-old girl survived being kidnapped, strangled and thrown off a bridge this weekend, according to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office.

    The little girl was found around 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning after she swam to shore at Lake Quinsigamond in Shrewsbury.

    According to police, Joshua Hubert, 35, snatched the girl from a family party at her grandparents’ house around 2:30 a.m., strangled her in a car and threw her off the I-290 bridge into the lake.

    Boston 25 News has learned that Hubert started a 1-year probationary position as a police dispatcher in Sterling in May of 2007, but stopped working there three months later in August. A spokesperson for the department would not comment on why Hubert did not make it through the full probationary period.

    Police say she survived the fall and was able to swim to shore where she was found with visible injuries.

    "A woman from Shrewsbury was awoken by knocks at her door and found the 7-year-old victim standing at her door in pajamas soaking wet" prosecuting attorney Cheryl Riddle said.

    The woman who answered that door did not want her name published. However, she told Boston 25 News that she is not the hero but rather the young girl is.

    “Incredibly brave… I have such great admiration, honestly. I’ve never seen a child behave so responsibility and so well she was incredible that girl," she said.

    Hubert has been charged with kidnapping and the while the DA's office wouldn't speculate on a motive it said more charges are likely to follow.

    He is being held without bail until a dangerousness hearing.

    Boston 25 News will be in court Thursday as Hubert again appears before a judge. Any new information from that hearing will be posted on boston25news.com after it ends.

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