More shocking reports are coming about the savagery of Ariel Castro. His daughter from kidnapped Amanda Berry was treated by him like a pet. Meanwhile DNA tests confirm that he fathered the child
The results of the DNA tests conducted on the six-year old girl rescued from the house of Cleveland has revealed that Ariel Castro, the main suspect in the kidnapping and decade-long imprisonment of three women in Cleveland, has fathered the child.
Making the revelation, the Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said that Castro’s DNA did not match other unsolved Ohio cases and the FBI was still checking Castro’s DNA against unsolved cases elsewhere in the country.
The main accused, Castro, 52, has been charged on four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape in the abductions and decade long imprisonment of the three women. He is presently is being held on an $8 million bond.
It may be recalled that in the incident that shock waves across the globe, three women who were kidnapped and believed to be long dead by their family members for almost 10 years, were found in a busy neighborhood in Cleveland.
Amanda Berry, who managed to get out of a broken door with the help of a neighbor, called up 911 and told them about the other two captives, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight at the house. Out of the three rescued women, two were teenagers at the time of their abduction. The owner of the house and main accused in the case Ariel Castro was a school bus driver who was fired from his job last fall. Castro lured each woman into his car by offering lift— Knight in 2002, at age 21; Berry in 2003, and DeJesus in 2004, at 13.
Apart from the three women, a six-year old girl was also found in the house. Berry, the mother of the six year old girl, managed to get her out during her long awaited escape.
The investigations conducted by the police have unfolded a series of gory incidents of innumerable rapes, beatings and abuses rendered upon the captives by the main accused and owner of the house, Castro.
According to the police reports, the baby was delivered in an inflatable kiddie pool by another captive, Michelle Knight, the eldest of the kidnapped women. During the investigations Knight revealed that Castro had threatened to kill her if the baby died.
The longest held captive also said that Castro had impregnated her at least five times. To force a miscarriage, Castro often starved and repeatedly hit her in the stomach to force her to miscarry. An Ohio prosecutor would be pursuing the charges of aggravated murder against Castro for any pregnancies that he terminated.
It was also revealed by the captives that Castro would often take the child out with him but made sure the girl did not know Knight’s or DeJesus’ real name in case she said them in public and raised any suspicion.
The three women were held in the home’s basement for long periods, restrained with ropes and chains and occasionally starved. Initially the victims were kept apart from each other in the house until their Castro believed that they were totally under his control and allowed them to mingle.
During their decade long captivity, the women managed to leave the confines of the house just twice, on both occasions to go into a garage on the small lot while disguised in wigs and hats.
Meanwhile the FBI launched an extensive search of the property where the three women and the child were held to look out for any human remains. The investigators took more than 200 items from Castro’s house for the further investigations.
Initially, Castro’s two brothers were arrested by the police as suspects in the case. However they were not charged and let off after the investigators were convinced that they had no knowledge of the abductions or captivity of the women.
The incident has shocked Castro’s family beyond belief. Angie Gregg, one of Ariel’s five children, said that the accounts of the victim’s captivity were “like a horror movie.”
Stating that her father is dead for her and nothing more than a memory, Gregg maintained that during her visits to Castro, she did not notice anything suspicious. Though he played loud music but kept the basement locked and would not allow her upstairs.