Dungeon captive's parents thank rescuers

Posted: October 21, 2011

The parents of one of the Tacony dungeon captives want to thank their daughter's rescuers and plan to seek custody of her two children, their lawyer said today.

Steven G. Wigrizer said 29-year-old victim Tamara Breeden's children are among the 10 children linked to the case and now in the care of the Department of Human Services.

He said Breeden's parents, Wilbert and Peggy Wanamaker, who live in Kensington, plan to seek temporary custody of their two grandchildren, believed to be ages 2 and 7.

"The Wanamakers want to thank the residents of Longshore Avenue who first noticed and reported the suspicious behavior that led to the rescue of their daughter," Wigrizer, of Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller, said today in a statement.

"Without them and the landlord, [Turgut] Gozleveli, this horror might still be going on - as it had for years."

Breeden was one of four mentally challenged adults found locked in a dank boiler room in the Longshore Avenue apartment building over the weekend. Linda Anne Weston, 51, and two men described as her accomplices have been charged with kidnapping and related offenses.

"What has happened is unspeakable, and the Wanamaker's grandchildren have already been through too much," the lawyer said. "As their daughter heals and gets the care she needs, they will be asking DHS to give them their grandchildren to care for and support as they begin rebuilding their family."

A court has ordered DNA tests to determine the identities of the 10 children removed from the Longshore Avenue address.

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