20/20 PREVIEW: Husband of ‘Super Mom’ Describes Moment When Alleged Kidnappers Released Her


(ABC NEWS) – The husband of Sherri Papini, the California mom who was missing for three weeks after allegedly being kidnapped while out jogging, described in chilling detail his wife’s account of the moment when she was released by her alleged captors.

Keith Papini told ABC News’ “20/20” in an exclusive interview that his wife told him she had been in a vehicle with her alleged captors and that one of her arms was chained to something inside the car but she had a hand free.

“She was bound … she had a metal chain around her waist,” he said. “She had a bag over her head…she was chained anytime she was in a vehicle.”

Keith Papini said his wife told him that at some point her alleged captors stopped the vehicle and opened the door. “They cut something” that freed her restraint that was holding her in the vehicle, he said, then pushed her out onto the road and drove away.

“She screamed so much, she’s coughing up blood from the screaming trying to get somebody to stop,” he added. “And again just another sign of how my wife is, she’s so wonderful. She’s saying, ‘Well maybe people aren’t stopping because I have a chain that looks like I broke out of prison’ so she tried to tuck in her chain under her clothes.”Watch Keith Papini’s emotional interview, in which he describes searching for his wife and then reuniting with her for the first time, on ABC News “20/20” FRIDAY, Dec. 2 at 10 p.m. ET.

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