"She was never forced to do anything. She used this story to get out of trouble she was in" with regard to a child-abuse allegation, Hyde said.
Callahan's mother, Becky Callahan, of Ashland, said that the allegations were "all lies." She said that the alleged victim was friends with her son and Hunt, her son's girlfriend, and that they tried to help the woman out by offering her a place to live.
Hyde said county social service workers placed the child with her mother when the woman was living with the three suspects.
Cassandra Holtzmann, director of Ashland County Job and Family Services, declined to comment Wednesday, saying she has been advised she is not permitted to discuss a pending criminal matter.
She called it "a very serious and tragic situation." In a statement, she said: "Please understand that while we are extremely concerned, this is not our investigation and we do not want to jeopardize law enforcement's investigation."