Wanda Barzee's Family Won't Take Her In Following Release

Elizabeth Smart alarmed by announcement her kidnapper will be released early from Utah prison

"She is a woman who had six children and yet could co-conspire to kidnap a 14-year-old girl, and not only sit next to her while (she was) being raped, but encouraged her husband to continue to rape me", Smart said this week, according to CNN.

Barzee's niece, Tina Mace, admits to still being horrified by the details of the crime her aunt committed, ABC Action News reports.

The news stoked fears about whether Barzee remains a threat and underscored serious concerns about mental health treatment in America's prison system.

"Upon further review and advice from legal counsel, the board must count time spent in federal custody toward Ms. Barzee's state sentence", director of administrative services, Greg Johnson, wrote. Barzee, the woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap Elizabeth Smart as a teenager from her Salt Lake City bedroom in 2002 and held her captive, will be released from prison next week.

Barzee was convicted of both state and federal crimes, and transferred to the Utah state prison in April 2016 after finishing a federal sentence in Texas. She will now be set free September 19. Smart was missing for nine months before she was discovered walking through a suburb in Salt Lake City with Barzee and her husband.

"I think she is a threat to any vulnerable person in our community", Smart said at a press conference in Salt Lake City. Yes, but not just to me.

Smart says the release of 64-year-old Wanda Barzee, years earlier than expected, was a shock. He declined to say whether she'll be in a private home or a facility but said she "will not be homeless", he said.

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If Barzee had shown more clear signs of rehabilitation, she would likely feel differently about her release, she said.

Barzee was treated at the Utah State Hospital for about five years following her arrest, and testified in 2010 against Mitchell.

In this December 10 2010, file photo, Brian David Mitchell is escorted by a U.S. Marshall as he arrives at the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City.

She had been held captive by a onetime street preacher, Brian David Mitchell, and his wife Wanda.

Attorney Scott Williams has said Barzee has been diagnosed with several mental illnesses, but he's not concerned about her being a danger to the community. During his trial, Smart told the jury that Mitchell treated her "like an animal", and forced her to drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes. She added that Barzee was always a little vulnerable and that Mitchell was manipulative. "I am a Christian", she said.

Mitchell, a self-described prophet who insisted he was called "Emmanuel", was handed down a life sentence without the possibility of parole after the defense's plea of insanity was struck down.

During her months in captivity, Smart said the older woman sat nearby and encouraged her husband as he raped the teenager. "But she, in her own right, abused me as much as he did".

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