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Missing Irving girl returns home bruised and shaken

A 13-year-old Irving girl who had been missing for a week turned up at home early Tuesday, Irving police said.

The mother of Emily Ann Wicks told TV reporters that the girl was bruised and shaken but otherwise seemed all right.

Wicks left a Lamar Middle School basketball game with two men to get a tattoo last week, but she was later held against her will, Penelope Wicks told KXAS/Channel 5. Wicks was handed over to someone else and then released Tuesday morning, her mother said.

She was initially reported as a runaway about 9 p.m. Dec. 13 when she did not return home from the game.

Humberto Corona, 20, and Todge Thurman, 20, both of Dallas, were arrested Friday and Saturday, accused of unlawfully restraining the girl. They remained in the Irving Jail on Tuesday with bail set at $75,000 each.

In a jailhouse interview Tuesday, Corona said he met her at a basketball game and she left with him and a friend voluntarily, KXAS reported.

Corona apologized to the Wicks family. "I'm sorry for what I did," Corona said. "If I could take it back, I would. But I can't."

He said that Wicks stayed with him and a friend in an apartment overnight and that she left in the morning. He said Wicks was never abused.

"We didn't want to do with her no more, so we just let her go," Corona said. "We didn't think she was going to stay missing for like eight days."

He said he knew police were looking for him and his friend and said he hid because he didn't want to go to jail.

Irving police said more charges are possible against Corona and Thurman and others, KXAS reported.

School security cameras show Wicks leaving the game with two men voluntarily, police said. But investigators have determined that later when she tried to leave, the men kept her from doing so, police said.

A few hours later, the men took her to a vacant Irving apartment, according to arrest warrant affidavits released Tuesday. By then, the men knew that she had been reported as a runaway, the affidavits stated.

During the investigation, officers went to an Irving apartment in the 3300 block of Esters Road, searching for Wicks, but no one answered the door, according to the affidavits. The men were inside with Wicks, the affidavits stated.

Wicks was later moved to another location, according to the affidavits.

Staff writer Mitch Mitchell contributed to this report.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.,

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