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DNA proves Castro is dad of Amanda's baby

Tests show Ariel Castro is the father of a six-year-old girl who was rescued from his house with three women.

Attorney General Mike DeWine's office confirmed Castro's paternity was proved through tests on his DNA.

The girl is the daughter of Amanda Berry, who authorities said was held for about a decade in Castro's house in Cleveland along with Gina Dejesus and Michelle Knight. Castro is being held on $8m bond.

The development in the case comes a day after prosecutors said they may seek the death penalty against Castro. Police allege he impregnated one of his captives at least five times and made her miscarry by starving her and punching her stomach.

The allegations contained in a police report also said another one of the women, Amanda Berry, was forced to give birth in a plastic paddling pool.

 

CHARGES

Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said his office will decide whether to bring aggravated murder charges punishable by death in connection with the pregnancies that were terminated by force.

Castro, a 52-year-old former school bus driver, is being held under a suicide watch in jail, where he is charged with rape and kidnapping.

The FBI says it did not recover human remains in its search of his Ohio house.

Among the chilling details in the police report:

• Berry, now 27, told officers that she was forced to give birth in a plastic pool in the house so it would be easier to clean up. Berry said she, her baby, now six, and the two other rescued women had never been to a doctor during their captivity.

• Michelle Knight, now 32, said her five pregnancies ended after Castro starved her and "repeatedly punched her in the stomach until she miscarried."

• All three women said Castro chained them up in the basement but eventually let them live on the home's second floor. Each woman told a similar story about being abducted after accepting a ride from Castro.

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