A police officer stands watch outside the family home of Amanda Berry, one of three women held captive in a Cleveland home for almost a decade. Photo by Brian Bull/90.3 WCPN ideastream
Authorities charged 52-year-old Ariel Castro with four counts of kidnapping and three count of rape Wednesday in the missing persons case of three women who were imprisoned in his home for almost a decade.
As authorities sort out the details of the triple kidnapping, Castro’s brothers Pedro and Onil remain in custody, but face no charges.
The charges came in a day when two of the three women — 27-year-old Amanda Berry and 23-year-old Gina DeJesus — returned home to their families. The third woman, 30-year-old Michelle Knight — who was abducted in 2002 — remains hospitalized, according to the AP. All three women were rescued Monday night when Berry escaped from Castro’s house. A 6-year-old girl, reported to be Berry’s daughter who was born after her mother disappeared in 2003, was also found.
Ohio public media’s ideastream reported that more than 100 neighbors, journalists and well-wishers gathered outside the family homes of Berry and DeJesus, as authorities escorted the women home. Their houses were decorated with balloons and homecoming signs.
Both families asked for privacy and time for Berry and DeJesus to recover. Neither Berry nor DeJesus spoke at the press conferences staged outside their houses.
Ideastream has been covering the story as developments in the case come to light. View their Storify timeline below for the latest news reports.