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Ariel Castro Arraigned for Cleveland Kidnappings
By AP
CLEVELAND, OH - A prosecutor in Cleveland says the three women who were missing for about a decade until they were found Monday in the home of Ariel Castro had been beaten repeatedly and sexually assaulted.

Brian Murphy is accusing Castro of using the women "in whatever self-gratifying, self-serving way he saw fit."

Castro appeared in court this morning for arraignment on charges of rape and kidnapping. Bond was set at $8 million. He looked down at the floor for nearly the entire hearing, and didn't speak.

Investigators say Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight endured a decade in captivity inside a dingy home where they were raped and were allowed outside only a handful of times. Berry gave birth to a daughter who is now six years old, in an inflatable swimming pool.

Police say the women were apparently bound by ropes and chains at times and were kept in different rooms.

Castro is charged with four counts of kidnapping -- covering the captives and the daughter -- and three counts of rape.

A public defender who represented him in court today said he would be transferred from a city jail medical unit, and would probably be under suicide watch while at the county jail.

She says he didn't have a chance to talk to his two brothers, 54-year-old Pedro Castro and 50-year-old Onil Castro, who were arrested and then cleared without charges. The men's whereabouts were not immediately known.

 


Published 02:37 PM, Thursday May. 09, 2013
Updated 09:06 AM, Friday May. 10, 2013

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