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Ohio missing women case: Cellphone video shows first moment of freedom

May 12, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Cellphone video caught the first moment of freedom for three women held captive inside a Cleveland home for nearly 10 years.

The footage shows police knocking down the door of the house to free 23-year-old Gina DeJesus and 32-year-old Michelle Knight. Amanda Berry, 27, and her 6-year-old daughter Jocelyn are seen hugging in the street, after passerby and neighbor Charles Ramsey helped them escape.

Accused kidnapper and rapist 52-year-old Ariel Castro has hired a private defense attorney. He remains jailed on $8 million bond and is under a suicide watch.

Investigators said the three women were held against their will since going missing individually between 2002 and 2004. Police say he abducted the women in the same way, by simply driving up to them and offering them a ride home.

Police say Castro kept the women chained in a basement and locked in upstairs rooms. According to DNA test results, Castro is the father of Berry's 6-year-old child. Authorities say he also impregnated Knight multiple times, but beat and starved her into miscarrying.

After their escape Monday, the women were taken to area hospitals. Berry and DeJesus returned home on Wednesday and Knight was released from the hospital on Friday.

Meantime, Ramsey was in Washington, D.C. for a radio interview. He said he's not the real hero in the case, calling Berry the "celebrity" and not him. "I just played my position," he said.


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