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Colegrove's family speaks out

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Loretta Colegrove's family says she and her son are now safe with family. Our Brandon Walker spoke with family in North Adams and has the latest.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- We've learned that Loretta Colegrove and baby Raymond are safe and with family at an undisclosed location. Her family says though she isn't being charged for anything, the past day and half still has Loretta shaken up.

"She described it as he snapped."

Cindy Colegrove and Colleen Rubin say their sister didn't see it coming.

"She was sobbing uncontrollably when we spoke to her and happy just to be back in the area," Rubin said.

They say their sister, Loretta Colegrove, 25, is with family, but still under police protection. Colegrove returned to family Thursday morning, hours after police say her boyfriend, Matthew Slocum, 23, held her and their four-month-old son, Raymond, hostage.

"She's glad her and the baby are safe," Rubin said. "She's still kind of concerned for their safety, though."

That concern, they say, rooted in what was an abusive relationship.

They say Colegrove lived with Slocum and his mother in White Creek and was with him the morning he allegedly set fire to the house, killing his mother, her husband and her husband's son. Even before that, they say they knew Colegrove's safety was in jeopardy.

"She asked for help and we told her that her and Raymond can come here without her boyfriend because we didn't trust him at all," Colegrove said.

With Slocum in police custody, Colegrove and Rubin say they're ready for their family to heal.

As for their sister, they say what happened is still too soon for her digest.

"She was trying to sort through and figure out why he would try to do something like this," Rubin said.

The family says they're working to buy clothes and other items for Colegrove and baby Raymond. They say all of their belongings were ruined in Wednesday's fire.

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