A young girl, identified as the daughter of Amanda Berry, was rescued from a modest Cleveland home on Monday along with her mother and two other woman, Gina DeJesus, 27, and Michelle Knight, 32, after Berry broke free and called 911.
Last night, neighbor Charles Ramsey, who helped the women to escape, revealed to the media: “That little girl came out the house and she was crying. And she’s like I want my daddy. And I said, who’s her daddy? She said Ariel.”
The little girl, named Jocelyn, is currently being examined in the hospital room in which she and her mother were taken after all four females were takes to Metro Medical Center, said Cleveland Police Deputy Chief Ed Tomba, reports ABC News.
“She looks great, happy, healthy and ate a popsicle last night,” Tomba said of the little girl, who may have been born and raised in the very house in which her mother was a captive. Seeing her mother smile made her smile.”
The former prisoners returned home today, to Berry’s sister’s house in Cleveland, reports claim. An adult daughter of Castro, meanwhile, considers him “dead to me.”
In an interview with reporters, the legal born daughter of the suspect called him “the most evil, vile, demonic criminal” she ever heard of.
“He is dead to me,” Angie Gregg said of the father who allegedly kidnapped, held captive, raped and beat three young women in Cleveland for about a decade.
She had known her “daddy” as a “friendly, caring, doting man.”Shocked woman says she never wants to see him again.
“There will be no visits; there will be no phone calls,” she said. “He can never be Daddy again. I have no sympathy for the man.”
As she mulled the accusations against him, she asked, “How could you?”
“I wonder this whole time, how he could be so good to us, but he (allegedly) took young women, little girls, someone else’s babies, away from these families and over the years never felt enough guilt to just give up and let them free.”
Castro’s son, Anthony, 31, had no idea about what was going on in his father’s home. He even wrote a detailed account of Miss DeJesus’s disappearance for a local newspaper in 2004. “This is beyond comprehension,” he told local news. “I’m truly stunned.”
Ariel Castro, 52, faces three counts of rape and four counts of kidnapping involving four victims. The three vanished between 2002 and 2004.
The former bus driver was also charged with kidnapping in connection with Berry’s 6-year-old daughter, who was also found at the home Monday.
Castro moved into the area about 20 years ago. Neighbors considered him a lonely person who always kept his windows closed and would only leave the home at night.
In 1993, Castro was arrested for domestic violence, but the charges were dropped and he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.
A neighbor revealed to reporters that he had even barbecued with the home’s owner and never suspected something was amiss: “There was nothing exciting about him – well, until today,” he said.