Cleveland man charged with rape,abduction

A Judge ordered the man accused in the kidnapping of three women and a young child to be held on $8 million bail,$2 million for each case,on Thursday morning.

Written by New York Times | Cleveland | Published: May 10, 2013 4:15:00 am

A Judge ordered the man accused in the kidnapping of three women and a young child to be held on $8 million bail,$2 million for each case,on Thursday morning.

The man,Ariel Castro,52,appeared in court for the first time since his arrest during an arraignment hearing in municipal court in Cleveland.

The hearing came a day after Castro was charged with the rape and kidnapping of Amanda Berry,held 10 years; Gina DeJesus,held 9 years; and Michelle Knight,held 11 years. He was also charged with kidnapping the 6-year-old daughter Berry gave birth to,and the authorities said he would undergo a paternity test.

New details continued to emerge about the captivity,including that they never left the house except for two brief visits to the adjacent garage.

According to a Cleveland police report obtained by The New York Times,“All three women victims stated that Ariel chained them up in the basement,but eventually let them live on the second floor.”

Knight told officers that Castro had impregnated her multiple times. In each case,the report said,he starved her and then punched her repeatedly in the stomach until she miscarried.

A cousin of DeJesus said Castro marked the anniversaries of the kidnappings by serving dinner and a cake. “He would celebrate their abduction day as their new birthday,” the cousin said.

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