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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on May 9, 2013

The evening of May 6th was a joyous occasion for kidnapping victims Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight, and their families. For nearly 10 years, the three women were subjected to living within the confines of 52-year-old Ariel Castro’s home.

In the Puetro-Rican neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio nearly ten years ago, the three women were each kidnapped at separate times and held hostage in the upstairs of Castro’s home by restraints, chains and padlocks. Most of the neighbors were relatively unsuspecting, although there have been multiple police reports made regarding naked women in dog collars and a child.

Amanda Berry gave birth to a baby girl whilst in captivity, making her child the fourth victim to be held hostage. Each of the women became pregnant multiple times, according to sources to the victims, with only one of the children surviving. Castro stated that the young girl was his “girlfriend’s daughter” and not the product of raping Berry.

The three women were sexually and physically assaulted on a regular basis, and mostly stayed on the second story of Castro’s run down home. The brothers of Ariel have also been arrested, and are due to be charged soon. The women may have been transported from one home to the next, from reports.

The Castros have been family friends to the family of kidnapped Gina DeJesus; Ariel was even seen at the candlelight vigil, handing out fliers about her disappearance years ago.

There has been a public outcry of dissatisfaction with the Cleveland Police Department for ignoring reports of unusual activity around the house; and therefore prolonging the girls’ suffering.

The women are said to be in stable condition, as they slowly return to their homes to try and live a normal life again. According to psychologists, the women are said to have the post-traumatic stress equivalent to a prisoner of war.