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Hernandez attorney issues statement to shield family in bizarre abduction case

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Michael Coyne, one of the three attorneys retained to represent 15 year old Abigail Hernandez and her mother Zenya, posted a statement on Tuesday afternoon on the "Bring Abby Home" website set up after Abigail's disappearance last October from Kennett High School in North Conway, NH.

In his written statement, Professor Coyne, a faculty staff member and dean-elect at the Massachusetts School of Law, thanked law enforcement for their efforts on behalf of the family, but pressed back against the inundation of media requests. "As the justice system moves forward," he writes, "questions about this horrific event will be answered." He also confirmed that Abigail is receiving professional help, but declined to offer any further details about the girl's treatment, in relation to the "unspeakable" acts of violence she was allegedly forced to endure.

Abigail's mysterious odyssey lasted nine months, with one letter sent to her mother before the teenager reappeared on July 20th of this year, purportedly in the same clothing she wore at the time she was abducted, offering state and Conway police evidence against her alleged kidnapper, Nathaniel Kibby, 34, who was arrested by SWAT at his home in Gorham, on July 28th, and arraigned with his bail set the following day for $1 million. The presiding judge refused to unseal the arrest warrant at the request of the defense.

Kibby also attended Kennett, the same school as Abigail, and has been cited for possession, as well as accusations of assault and trespass, according to the Boston Globe.

Neighbors of Kibby said he had a soundproof container behind his trailer, had been called "crazy Nate," used firearms, and railed against the government. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison and a $4,000 fine, according to the prosecutor handling the case, Jane Young. When the Conway police were contacted about Kibby's arrest and asked if he was compliant or resisted officers before being brought into custody, the Conway officer answering the call referred queries of this nature to the FBI.

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