A Massachusetts man accused of kidnapping and trying to kill a girl in August by throwing her off a bridge into a lake was indicted on new charges Thursday.
Joshua Hubert, 36, of Worcester was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of attempted murder and single counts of kidnapping a child under 16 and strangulation or suffocation, according to the Worcester county district attorney’s office.
Hubert was initially charged with kidnapping at his first arraignment, but was charged with one count of attempted murder during a dangerousness hearing on Aug. 31.
Authorities say Hubert kidnapped the 7-year-old girl from her grandparents' home in Worcester on Aug. 27 while he was a guest at the cookout and the girl was sleeping in a chair.
Hubert allegedly then put the child in a car, choked her and threw her into Lake Quinsigamond.
The girl was able to swim to shore and was found safe around 4 a.m. in Shrewsbury.
His attorney said Hubert was at the party but denied the charges, saying he was not with the victim as prosecutors allege.
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Hubert is being held on $2 million bail and it’s not clear when his next court date is.