A Massachusetts man accused of kidnapping a 7-year-old girl and throwing her off a bridge faced an upgraded charge of attempted murder at a dangerousness hearing Thursday.
Joshua Hubert, 35, allegedly kidnapped the young child from her grandparents' home in Worcester early Sunday morning. Police say he was a guest at a cookout at the home, and that he took her while she slept in a chair.
Investigators say Hubert put the child in a car, choked her and threw her into Lake Quinsigamond. She swam to shore and was found safe around 4 a.m. in Shrewsbury.
A not-guilty plea was entered at his arraignment on Monday. He was held on $1 million bail on Thursday. Prosecutors and the defense agreed on the bail amount.
The girl's family members left court Thursday afternoon without comment.
Hubert's family left without comment as well.
His attorney said his client was at the party Sunday but denied the charges, saying he was not with the young girl as prosecutors allege.
The defendant will arraigned Tuesday in Westborough District Court on the attempted murder charge.