DNA confirms Cleveland kidnapping suspect fathered child of his captive
Fri, 10 May 2013 15:41:58 GMT —
DNA testing has confirmed that the child born to a Cleveland women while she was held in captivity for a decade was fathered by her kidnapper.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Friday that preliminary results of DNA testing indicates Cleveland kidnapping and rape suspect Ariel Castro is the father of Amanda Berry's six-year-old daughter.
Castro's DNA was compared to other DNA profiles for possible matches with other Ohio cases; however, no matches were found. National testing results are pending through the FBI.
Castro was arrested Monday after the three women, and child, were rescued from his modest home just south of downtown Cleveland. The three women disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004 and were found only after one of them, 26-year-old Amanda Berry, managed to free herself and scream for help. She was
aided in her escape by a neighbor
Appearing in court Thursday morning, Castro looked down at the ground while lawyers spoke to the judge. Bond was set at $2 million on each case. The 52-year-old former city school bus driver has been charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Additional charges are pending.
Police say they've talked with both Castro, who is a former school bus driver, and the three women at length in building their case.
While they're not revealing many details, police do say the women were kept inside Castro's house for all but a few brief minutes over the last 10 years.