Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight have been happily reuniting with their families and recovering from their multiple-year ordeal since they were rescued from alleged kidnapper and abuser Ariel Castro last week. The Cleveland kidnapping victims appeared to be malnourished when they were found at the Seymour Avenue home. All three women reportedly suffered severe trauma during their decade of captivity, with Michelle Knight having hearing loss and structural damage to her face. The eldest captive also said she had three miscarriages due to malnourishment. Meanwhile, Amanda Berry conceived and gave birth to her daughter Jocelyn in a small inflatable pool inside the house of horror. DNA tests confirmed on Friday (May 10, 2013) that Cleveland kidnap suspect Ariel Castro is the father of the 6-year-old girl discovered at his house with three women. According to police statements, Castro would use psychological games to “train” the girls by pretending to leave the house, but returning seconds later. He would punish them if he found his victims trying to free themselves. Now, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight are happy to be with their families and they are grateful for the support of their friends, law enforcement and their community. The young women also said through an attorney that they need time to heal, asking for privacy on Sunday (May 12, 2013).
Cleveland kidnapping victims Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were malnourished when they were found on May 6th 2013. They then released their first statements, saying they were happy to be home and pleaded for privacy to heal and reconnect with their families.
Kidnapping victim Michelle Knight suffered as many as three miscarriages because she was so malnourished. She told investigators that Ariel Castro impregnated her, starved her and pummeled her in the stomach until she miscarried.
Amanda Berry said that she and the other women were tied up with chains and tape at the home in Cleveland, Ohio. They were also kept in different rooms and possibly untied at different times.
Gina DeJesus was a friend and classmate of Arlene Castro, the daughter of Ariel Castro.
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