ALIQUIPPA (KDKA) — An Aliquippa woman is accused of holding five children captive in her home while she styled their hair and put makeup on them.

Alvita Wilson-Willis spends hours sitting on the stoop of her apartment when she’s not hospitalized for mental issues, according to her husband, Santwan Willis.

“It’s hard for her to adjust amongst the community and the people and stuff like that because she’s yelling at the neighbors, yelling at the stores and stuff,” he said. “She do[es] that everywhere and every time she come[s] out she’s in and out of the hospital.”

Four girls, ages 7-10, a 4-year-old boy, and their dog, were walking to the Plan 12 market on Saturday when Wilson-Willis stopped them to talk about the dog. Then she invited them into her apartment for gifts to their mothers.

“Once she got them into the apartment, she asked them to come in, had them sit on the bed and had them started playing cards with them,” Aliquippa Police Det. Sgt. Steven Roberts said. “She also, I guess, used some makeup on them and did some stuff with their hair, stuff like that.”

John Shumway to Santwan Willis: “What do you think of the idea of bringing kids in here and having them sit on this bed?”

Santwan Willis: “I don’t know what to think about it. I don’t know what to think about that. Because like I said, she’s well-known through the community and as far as I know, she might have known the kids – I don’t know if she knew the kids or not.”

“At some point she made the statement to the children that they were not allowed to leave the apartment,” Roberts said.

The kids moved toward the living room where they were spotted through the outside window by older siblings.

“They yelled out, ‘Get out of there!’ and that was enough for the kids to be able to get out,” Roberts said.

Police say Willis and her husband actually followed the kids in her car until an adult scared them off.

Wilson-Willis is in the Beaver County Jail on felony charges.

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