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Abigail Hernandez describes 2013 kidnapping, how she survived 9 months of captivity: report

Abigail Hernandez was 14 when she was kidnapped and held captive for nine months in 2013. On Friday they are opened in a television interview about her kidnapping and how she survived it.

(Conway Police department via Associated Press)

Abigail Hernandez — who was 14 when she was kidnapped while walking home from school in New Hampshire in October 2013 and Friday, both her kidnapping and how she survived nine months of captivity in a storage container.

Hernandez, now 19, said she immediately began to strategize when she was kidnapped by Nathaniel Kibby, now 39.

“I thought to myself, ‘OK, I went to work with this man,'” Hernandez told ABC News’ “20/20.” “I said [to him], ‘I don’t want to judge. If you let me go, I will not tell anyone about this.'”

“Hope is something that nobody can take away from you.”

Hear how the kidnapping of survivor Abby Hernandez says she kept the hope alive while in captivity and her message to other victims. A psychologist explains what helps survivors of violent crimes. #2020Extra https://t.co/Z41za6fhgm pic.twitter.com/3FyVVZPjNp

— 20/20 (@ABC2020) September 8, 2018

Her initial negotiation attempts failed, and Hernandez was brought to a container where they lived in fear for the next nine months, and was daily abused.

Hernandez told the outlet that Kibby uses psychological fear to make her afraid to escape, and be saved.

“He told me that he was stumbled for the door so that if, for whatever reason it was busted open, the room would catch on fire … so if someone kicked the door open, that I would quickly go up in flames,” she said.

“He told me that he was stumbled for the door so that if, for whatever reason it was busted open, the room would catch on fire … so if someone kicked the door open, that I would quickly go up in flames.”

– Abigail Hernandez

Hernandez also described how her discovery, who told her to call him “Master,” forced her to wear a shock collar “when dogs wear” around her neck, as a “human” way of keeping her quiet.

“I remember that he was on me,” Hernandez said. “And he said, ‘OK, try and scream.’ And … I just slowly started to raise my voice. And then, it shocked me. So he said, ‘OK, you now know how it feels.'”

Nathaniel Kibby was sentenced to 45-90 years in prison.

(Associated Press)

But Hernandez never gave up hope, and strategized to win the trust of Kibby. She told the outlet that she went along with all his plans, never disagree with her captor. The strategy paid off, and she was trusted to help Kibby with his counterfeit money scheme.

“I remember that I never said “amen” in my mind. I never wanted to end my prayers because I didn’t want God to leave me,” Hernandez said. “I really wanted to live.”

“I remember that I never said “amen” in my mind. I never wanted to end my prayers because I didn’t want God to leave me. I really want my life.”

– Abigail Hernandez

Kibby suddenly let Hernandez go in July 2014 after Lauren Munday, a woman he had gone out on a date with, ” she said told the police about his counterfeit money operation of the Union Leader of Manchester, N. H., reported.

The fear of the police would investigate his house, Kibby released Hernandez on the same North Conway, N. H., where he kidnapped her. Hernandez then walked home. Kibby was arrested seven days later at his home.

In this never.seen surveillance images, Abby Hernandez is shown arriving home after being freed by her kidnapper. #ABC2020. https://t.co/bguZq0mX6c pic.twitter.com/1S5xccXoU4

— 20/20 (@ABC2020) September 8, 2018

Kibby pleaded guilty to seven felony counts, including kidnapping and sexual assault. He was sentenced to 45-90 years in prison.

Hernandez, who now lives in Maine, is a new mother, the Union Leader reported.

When “20/20” asked how they survived, Hernandez said: “do not give up … even if you feel like you’ve lost everything, hope is something that nobody can take away from you. And stick with that. And it will keep you going.”

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