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UPDATE: 3 rescued women suffered sexual, mental abuse, suffered miscarriages



Published: Wed, May 8, 2013 @ 5:52 p.m.

CLEVELAND (AP)

Kidnapping and rape charges were filed Wednesday against a man arrested after three women missing for about a decade were found alive at his home.

Homeowner Ariel Castro was charged while his brothers, Pedro and Onil Castro, were held but faced no immediate charges.

The men were in custody and couldn't be reached for comment. Their brother-in-law has said the family is "shocked" after hearing about the women at the home.

The three women were subjected to prolonged sexual and psychological abuse and suffered miscarriages, a city councilman briefed on the case said Wednesday.

Councilman Brian Cummins said that many details remain unclear, including the number of pregnancies and the conditions under which the miscarriages occurred. He also said the women were kept in the basement for some time without having access to the rest of the house. Police said they were apparently bound with ropes and chains.

The horrific allegations came out as police built a case against the three brothers.

"We know that the victims have confirmed miscarriages, but with who, how many and what conditions we don't know," Cummins said. He added: "It sounds pretty gruesome."

Two of the young women, meanwhile, were welcomed home by jubilant crowds of loved ones and neighbors with balloons and banners Wednesday. The families of Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry protectively took them inside, past hundreds of reporters and onlookers. Neither woman spoke, and their families pleaded for patience and time alone.

"Give us time and privacy to heal," said Sandra Ruiz, DeJesus' aunt. Ruiz thanked police for rescuing the women and urged the public not to retaliate against the suspects or their families.

The third captive, Michelle Knight, 32, was reported in good condition at Metro Health Medical Center, which a day earlier had reported that all three victims had been released. There was no immediate explanation from the hospital.


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1Knightcap(608 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

On ABC news it was reported that the one girl was pregnant 5x and that Castro punched her stomach repeatedly each time until she lost the babies. The evil basturd should be charged with 5 counts of murder and hung in front of the Westside Market.

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2handymandave(204 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Some of the members of the Cleveland, Ohio Police really dropped the ball on this investigation.They botched the investigation several times during the 10 year ordeal. I cannot understand why they didn't talk with the neighbors who made the phone calls. How about why didn't the officers keep going back to the house until they got the answers especially if this house was on their regular beat. I hate to see the department sued but even if that doesn't occur , the officers involved in this investigation should have new desk jobs for the rest of their careers.

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