PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- The brother of one of the four mentally disabled people found imprisoned in a Philadelphia basement says the victim is starting to recover.
Investigators say Edwin Sanabria, now 31, was in the hands of Linda Ann Weston for 13 years, kept prisoner so she could collect his disability checks. His brother, Robert, and father, Ivan, saw him last Friday for the first time since he vanished as an 18-year-old, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Robert Sanabria said one sign his brother is healing is that he no longer calls Weston "mother Linda," instead describing her as "that crazy lady."
Edwin originally left home to be with his girlfriend, Tamara Breeden, now 29, who was also found in the cellar, his family says. Two of eight children found in Weston's care are believed to be Breeden's.
If Edwin is their father, his family says they hope to be part of the children's lives. Breeden's family hopes to get custody, the report said.
In 2008, the newspaper said, Weston told a Philadelphia neighbor she could adopt one of Breeden's children, a girl identified as "Little L." Instead, Weston left Philadelphia, moving around the country until she returned a few weeks ago.
"I really believed Linda when she told me Little L was hers," the neighbor, Chevelle McGill, told the Philadelphia Daily News. "The more I find out, the more shocked I am."
Weston, 51, her daughter, Jane McIntosh, 32, her boyfriend, Gregory Thomas, 47, and Eddie Weston, 50, are being held on high bail.