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Suspect in Ohio kidnapping case has ties to Indiana

An Ohio man who was arrested after three missing women were found in his Cleveland home has ties to Indiana.

Emily Castro

Emily Castro
Photo courtesy: WFFT-TV

Ariel Castro, 52, had two children who lived in Fort Wayne, Ind. Castro’s daughter, Emily Castro, is currently in an Indiana prison for attempted murder, after she was found guilty of cutting her baby daughter’s throat in 2007 in Allen County.  The little girl survived.

Castro’s son, Ariel Castro, Jr., also lived in Indiana at one point.  Fox59 was told his son previously worked at Fort Wayne’s the Journal Gazette.

Castro, Sr. was arrested along with his two brothers after one of the women, 27-year-old Amanda Berry, escaped with the aid of a neighbor Monday night. In addition to Berry and a 6-year-old daughter apparently born to her during her captivity, police said Georgina “Gina” DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32, also were freed.

The three women disappeared from the same Cleveland street — Lorain Avenue — between 2002 and 2004.

Police said Berry, Knight and DeJesus were being held in a home just three miles from the area where they were abducted.  They were freed after Berry broke out the bottom of a screen door and called for help, startling neighbor Charles Ramsey, who came over and helped kick in the door, said police.

Charges against Castro and his two brothers, 54-year-old Pedro Castro and 50-year-old Onil Castro, are expected to be announced by Wednesday evening.

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