The amazing rescue of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michele Knight who’ve been held captive for over 10 years has everyone relieved that now they're able to return to their families after suffering through a decade of torture and abuse.
Ariel Castro, 52, who owned the Cleveland home, and his brothers Onil, 50, and Pedro, 54 were all taken into custody.
Details of what these women endured for over 10 years include giving birth five times and suffering miscarriages, being held in chains, and forced to walk around naked with a leash around their necks.
Here’s a detailed report from the Daily Mail: (photos via Getty/AP)
At least five babies were born at the house, while one of the victims
suffered as many as three miscarriages because she was so
malnourished, police sources told NewsChannel5.
Other sources told WKYC that the captors would beat the women when
they were pregnant, meaning that the babies would not survive.
It is unknown what happened to any children who were born at the home,
and it is not clear whether a six-year-old girl who was found alive
there on Monday is among the number cited by sources.
The girl was found after her mother, kidnap victim Amanda Berry, 26,
climbed through a screen door on Monday afternoon while her alleged
captor was out and fled to a neighbor's home to call 911.
When police arrived minutes later, they found Gina DeJesus, 23, and
Michele Knight, 32, who had also been missing for a decade, along with
the young girl.
At the press conference, authorities confirmed that the little girl
was born to Berry while she was in captivity, but it is not known
which of the three suspects - if any - is the father.
Today police praised Berry, who went missing a day before her 17th
birthday in 2003, for escaping and alerting authorities to the two
other women at the home.
The praise for Amanda came as police revealed that Child Protective
Services had been sent to the home in 2004, but left without speaking
to the homeowner, Ariel Castro, after there was no answer.
Castro, 52, has been arrested along with his two brothers, Pedro, 54,
and Oneil, 50. At the press conference, authorities said they believe
they have the three men responsible, who will face charges.
The women and young girl were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, as
they are reportedly suffering from severe dehydration and slightly
malnourished. Dr Gerald Maloney, an emergency department physician,
said they were in 'fair condition'.
The disappearances of Amanda and Gina has captured the attention of
the entire city for the past decade, as their relatives have
continually held vigils and kept the story alive in the press.
The three women were kidnapped on the same street and found at the
home just three miles away as their alleged kidnappers hid in plain
sight. Neighbors said they often saw Castro walking with the
Cleveland police believe the women were tied up in the home after they
were snatched and local reports noted there were chains hanging from
The call came after Castro, who worked as a bus driver for the city of Cleveland until last year, inadvertently left a young boy on the vehicle when he returned to the bus depot.
After an investigation, no criminal intent was found. After 10 years
being held against their will, the women were finally freed just
before 6pm on Monday after neighbor Charles Ramsey, heard screaming
from the house as he sat down to eat a meal.
Mr Ramsey, told WEWS-TV he saw Amanda, who he didn't recognize, at a
door that would open only enough to fit a hand through screaming,
'Help me get out! I've been in here a long time.'
'We had to kick open the bottom,' he said. 'Lucky on that door it was
aluminum. It was cheap. She climbed out with her daughter.'
When Amanda fled the home and ran across the street to call police,
she was holding the hand of a young girl. The two other women followed
her out of the home when law enforcement arrived.
The Plain Dealer reported that Castro was arrested at a nearby
Castro has lived in the house since 1992 and he was arrested for
domestic violence in 1993.
They also reported that there were signs that dirt had recently been
moved in the backyard of the house, though police continue to
investigate whether or not the dirt will lead to any new evidence in
the case. Michelle went missing in 2000 when she was 20.
Amanda disappeared on April 21, 2003, a day before her 17th birthday.
A year after Gina, then 14 went missing on April 2, 2004, on her way
home from school.
Amanda disappeared shortly after she called her sister to say that she
was getting a ride home from her job at Burger King.
Amanda's mother, Louwana Miller, who had been hospitalized for months
with pancreatitis and other ailments, died in March 2006.
She had spent the previous three years looking for her daughter, whose
disappearance took a toll as her health steadily deteriorated, family
and friends said.
But Councilwoman Dona Brady said she had spent many hours with Miller,
who never gave up hope that her daughter was alive.
'She literally died of a broken heart,' Brady said.
The disappearance of Knight did not attract the local media attention
of the Berry and DeJesus cases.
Her grandmother, Deborah Knight, told the Plain Dealer that some
family members had concluded, based in part on suggestions by police
and social workers at the time, that she had run away.
Local news reporters told CNN that Castro is said to have worked as a
bus driver for the Cleveland Metropolitan schools, though it is
unclear whether that was the case when the women were kidnapped.
He was a school bus driver in the Cleveland area. He was once the
subject of police investigation after inadvertently leaving a boy on
the school bus when he returned to the bus depot, authorities said at
the press conference.
Only Ariel Castro lived at the home. The brothers lived elsewhere and
authorities said they are now interested in searching other properties
in relation to the investigation.
Castro's Facebook page depicts a man with a passion for motorcycles
and the bass guitar.
His last post to the social networking site on May 2 says: 'Miracles
really do happen, God is good :)'
Remarkably, Castro's son - also named Ariel who now goes by 'Anthony'
- penned an article for the Cleveland Plain Press about the disappearance of Miss DeJesus back in 2004.
A little girl born to one of three women held inside a Cleveland house
for 10 years was born at Christmas and is 'happy and healthy', despite
being brought up in captivity.
Amanda Berry told her grandmother after her daring escape that the
child is her daughter Jocelyn.
Authorities believe that Jocelyn's father is one of the three
suspects who were arrested on Monday.
Jocelyn, who is missing two front teeth, was later pictured smiling in
hospital alongside her mother and her aunt Beth.
Police said she ate popsicles while being examined by doctors.
It has also emerged that Amanda Berry home-schooled her daughter -
probably without the knowledge of the suspects, Ariel Castro, 52, and
his two brothers Onil Castro, 50, and Pedro Castro, 54.
Police believe one of the three men is Jocelyn's father and are
working to determine the girl's paternity using DNA tests.
Investigators were working to determine if the girl had ever left the
house, but said she likely would have gone unnoticed by police who
were not looking for a child.
Authorities do not have a record of her birth and detectives are
trying to establish if she was born in the fortified home.
Police sources said Jocelyn was occasionally taken out of the house
and would visit Ariel Castro's mother, Lillian Rodriguez, who she
called 'grandmother'. She was also seen out recently at a playground
When he was asked who the young girl was he told neighbors she was his
Police said the women developed a special bond while being held in
captivity and said DeJesus proudly showed off one of Jocelyn's
It is feared other babies were born inside the Cleveland house.
Here’s Amanda Berry’s 911 Call:
I can’t even begin to imagine what it was like for these women…wow.