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Posted: 6:43 a.m. Thursday, May 9, 2013
CLEVELAND, OH —
A Cleveland man has been arraigned on charges of rape and kidnapping days after three women missing for about a decade were found alive at his home.Ariel Castro appeared in court Thursday morning. He looked down at the ground while lawyers spoke to the judge. Bond was set at $2 million on each case.Two of the kidnapped women rescued woke up with their families Thursday morning.The third woman is still being treated in the hospital.New details are emerging about what the women went through while be held captive for years.Police said Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight were held in captivity and were raped and abused by Castro.The ABC affiliate in Cleveland, WEWS, is reporting that Knight got pregnant five times while in captivity, and police said Castro would punch her until she miscarried.Also during that time, Amanda Berry gave birth to a baby girl.Channel 9 learned investigators are saying Castro forced Knight to deliver Berry’s baby and threatened to kill the women if the child did not survive.Knight is still in the hospital and reportedly not ready to see her brother or mother yet.“I’m just hoping that my daughter lets me see her because I would love to see her,” said mother Barbara Knight. Knight was 21 years old when police said Castro kidnapped her in 2002.Castro’s two brothers were initially arrested in connection with the case but after interviews with Castro and the women, police do not believe they were involved.
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