Missing Cleveland woman returns home to family
Berry's sister spoke to a huge pack of journalists camped outside the family home in Cleveland Wednesday just before noon.
Formal charges could be filed Wednesday in the case against 52-year-old Ariel Castro and his two brothers, Pedro Castro, 54, and Onil Castro, 50, who are suspected of keeping Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight captive in a home for ten years.
Those charges are likely to include kidnap and rape. Police have until Wednesday evening to bring charges.
A 6-year-old girl believed to be Berry's daughter also was found in the home, police Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said. He wouldn't say who the father was.
The women were kept in separate locked rooms, and Berry was able to escape because the door to her room was left unlocked.
Few details have emerged about the conditions the women were allegedly kept in, but there are reports of repeated rape, multiple pregnancies and miscarriages.
"We have confirmation that they were bound and there were chains and ropes in the home," said Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath.
Still, the Cleveland Police chief says the three women are in good physical shape despite being bound during their ten-year ordeal.
"Their physical well-being was very good considering the circumstances," said McGrath.
The chief also refuted neighbors' statements that they called police to report suspicious activity at the home.
"We had two calls in regards to that residence over the years and one was from the residence relative to a fight in the street. The other one had to do with a four-year-old left on the school bus that the one suspect was driving. Other than that we have no other calls for service or complaints at that particular address," said McGrath. "You know when these girls disappeared. Well, Amanda and the DeJesus girl, over the years, we had a task force together and it was a unified command between the Cleveland Police Department and the FBI and there were a lot of agents and a lot of police officers and detectives that worked very hard and continued to work very hard over the years trying to solve this case. I mean, it was part of their life."
Meantime, investigators are learning more about just what went on in the Castro brothers' home that appears to have been a prison for three young women who - by all accounts - had their lives stolen from them.
"Currently today we are interviewing the suspects that were arrested here the night before last and yes, they are talking," said McGrath.
The women were reunited with joyous family members but remained in seclusion Tuesday. They were rescued after Berry kicked out the bottom portion of a locked screen door and used a neighbor's telephone to call 911. An officer showed up minutes later and Berry ran out and threw her arms around the officer, a neighbor said.
Michele Knight's mother told reporters that she told police when her daughter went missing, but she was considered a runaway and the report was not taken seriously.