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Dad in California, daughter of kidnapped woman, left her in the desert: cops

LOS ANGELES – A father and daughter kidnapped a woman from a Las Vegas suburb and brought her to her home in Southern California, held her captive for a week, raped her and then left her dead in the desert, said authorities Friday.

Stanley Alfred Lawton, 54, and Shaniya Nicole Poche-Lawton, 22, dumped the woman from a freeway near Edwards Air Force Base north of Los Angeles, where she was found by military personnel early Wednesday, Los Angeles County sheriff's Captain Eduardo Hernandez said at a news conference.

"It's a vicious case," Hernandez said.

It is not clear how long the woman in the 40s was in the desert or why she was released. She was left without food or water and was reportedly cold and suffering from exposure to the elements when found. She was treated at a hospital and released, Hernandez said.

While officials said Lawton and Poche-Lawton knew the victim, they did not provide a motive for the attack and said no solution was required.

It was not clear if they had lawyers who could speak on their behalf.

Father and daughter kidnapped woman with gun in North Las Vegas on Oct. 30 and took her to Lawton's home in Palmdale, California, authorities said. They are accused of keeping her in a room and sexually assaulting her on Sunday.

They are also accused of robbing her at ATMs on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, according to court documents, but authorities would not say how much money was stolen.

Lawton was arrested on Wednesday and his daughter was taken into custody early the next morning.

They are each facing charges of kidnapping for committing a robbery, attempted murder, out-of-state kidnapping, rape and three counts of first-degree ATM robbery, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

Lawton and Poche-Lawton are being held on $ 4.5 million and $ 3.5 million, respectively, the district attorney's office said.

The case may have been moved to the federal court because the victim was taken over state lines. The FBI is investigating the abduction with Los Angeles County and North Las Vegas police.

North Las Vegas police gathered information and did not immediately comment. Air Force officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

The case was first reported by KNBC TV station in Los Angeles.

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