Cleveland kidnapping suspect's DNA confirms he's father of captive's daughter
CLEVELAND — DNA test results released on Friday confirm that Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man accused of kidnapping and raping three women held for years in his rundown home, is the father of a 6-year-old girl born in captivity to one of his alleged victims, said Ohio's attorney general.
After the state's Bureau of Criminal Investigation received a sample of Castro's DNA late Thursday afternoon, Attorney General Mike DeWine said in a statement that “forensic scientists worked throughout the night to confirm that Castro is the father” of the child.
The mother, Amanda Berry, was abducted as a teenager in 2003.
DeWine said “Castro's DNA did not match any other Ohio cases,” though he said the FBI is checking the sample to determine whether Castro is connected to any cases in other states.
Separately, the FBI said Friday that an extensive search of the property where the three women and the child were held — dubbed Cleveland's “house of horrors” — has not turned up any human remains. The bureau has concluded its search.
FBI spokeswoman Vicki Anderson said investigators took more than 200 items from Castro's house.
The longest-held captive, Michelle Knight, was released from a Cleveland hospital on Friday. MetroHealth Medical Center declined to comment on her condition or say where she was going. But in a statement released earlier, the hospital said she is “in good spirits” and that she “asks that everyone please continue to respect her privacy at this time.”
Knight told police that Castro repeatedly raped her and that she suffered at least five miscarriages when he beat and starved her to terminate the pregnancies.
Castro is charged with kidnapping Gina DeJesus, as well as Berry, Knight and Berry's daughter. Law enforcement authorities say he lured each woman into his car on a main thoroughfare.
Castro's adult daughter, Angie Gregg, said on CNN that the accounts of the captivity are “like a horror movie.”
She said she had not noticed anything suspicious in her visits to his house, though he always played loud music, kept the basement locked and would not allow her upstairs to see her old bedroom.
Gregg said her father is “dead to me” now.
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