AG Confirms Castro Fathered 6-Year-Old In Captivity


UPDATED: Friday May 10, 2013 6:17 PM

The Ohio Attorney General announced on Friday that Ariel Castro, the man accused of holding three Cleveland women hostage for more than a decade, is the father of the 6-year-old born in captivity to Amanda Berry.

DNA testing was completed overnight on Castro, according to an AG news release.

Castro is being held on $8 million bond on charges for the rape and the kidnappings of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, as well as Berry's child born in captivity.

The DNA testing also looked at other Ohio cases, but no matches were found. The FBI will use the results in a nationwide search for possible matches.

In other developments, Michelle Knight was also released from the hospital Friday afternoon. Berry and DeJesus returned to their families on Thursday.

Dozens of residents who live near the Cleveland house met with authorities Thursday night.
    
They gathered Thursday night at a church half a block from the house where the women were found. They received briefings on ways to help the women and applauded the police for their handling of their disappearances.
    
Prosecutors said Thursday they may seek the death penalty against Ariel Castro. A police report says he impregnated one of his captives at least five times and made her miscarry by starving her and punching her in the belly.
    
Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty said his office will decide whether to bring aggravated murder charges punishable by death in connection with the pregnancies that were terminated by force.

Castro also terrorized and beat the mother of his children and locked her indoors, her relatives say.
    
Several relatives of Grimilda Figueroa have painted a nightmarish portrait of Castro's family life as authorities made public horrifying details of the abuse endured by the imprisoned women.

Elida Caraballo is the sister of Figueroa, who left Castro years ago and died last year. She spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday as did Monica Stephens, a daughter-in-law of Figueroa now living in Florida.

Caraballo says Castro shoved Figueroa into a cardboard box and ordered her to stay there.
    
Caraballo also says Castro startled her sister by jumping in front of her with a mannequin as she climbed stairs and she fell and injured her head.

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