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7-year-old girl kidnapped, choked and thrown from overpass survives; think indicted

The I-290 overpass over Lake Quinsigamond. (WBZ-TV)

WORCESTER — The Worcester man charged with throwing a 7-year-old girl off a Lake Quinsigamond overpass on Aug. 27 has been indicted on attempted murder, abduction and strangulation charges, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

A grand jury handed up the indictments today, charging Joshua Hubert, 36, of 3 Bernice St. with two depends of attempted murder and singular depends of abduction a child under 16 and strangulation or suffocation.


He will be arraigned Monday in Worcester Superior Court. Hubert is being held on $2 million bail after being arraigned on abduction and attempted murder charges in district court.

Early pronounced that Hubert was a crony of members of the victim’s family and was at a cookout with them on Aug. 26. He allegedly put the girl in his automobile in the early hours of Aug. 27, strangled her and threw her off the I-290 overpass over Lake Quinsigamond.

Joshua Hubert in Worcester District Court, Aug. 31, 2017. (WBZ-TV)

The girl survived the fall, swam to seaside and sought help at a circuitously home on the Shrewsbury side of the lake. That set off an review by Shrewsbury and Worcester Police as good as the State Police Detectives reserved to the District Attorney’s Office. The girl suffered visible, but not life-threatening, injuries.

Victim Maeve Geary (WBZ-TV)

Police say that the girl’s father and Hubert are life-long friends, having famous any other given fourth grade.

Hubert denies the charges.

“We have justification in the form of notice video of him at approximately 3:30 in the morning.  We have an watcher that places him on a bridge, on the 290 overpass eastbound, shortly after that,” Assistant District Attorney Cheryl Riddle told the judge.

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