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GBI investigating whether girl was held captive in chicken coop

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has begun a criminal investigation into whether a 15-year-old Taylor County girl has been held captive in a chicken coop or shed.

The girl was taken from her home Friday by officers of the Division of Family and Children Services after a complaint was filed with the agency that is part of the Georgia Department of Human Services.

Officers of the Taylor County Sheriff's Officer were present.

"The girl was in the yard with her mother," Taylor County Sheriff Jeff Watson said, today. "She was not locked up."

The girl seemed to be in good condition but Watson said after the girl spoke with people from DFCS she was taken away.

Wayne Smith, GBI special agent in charge of the Region 2 Office in Columbus, said a DFCS hearing was held and that there were some discrepancies in testimony that led the GBI to begin its investigation.

"We are looking into at this point and collecting information," Smiths said.

The girl is in protective custody.

No arrests have been made.

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