Ariel Castro’s daughter called him an evil monster and did not think anything out of the ordinary was going on in her childhood home. All that changed last week when Amanda Berry broke loose.
“He is dead to me,” Angie Gregg said of the father police say kidnapped, held captive, and beat three young women in Cleveland for about a decade.
DNA testing identified the 52-year-old as the father of the now 6-year-old girl born to hostage Amanda Berry at the house of horrors where the women were held for a decade, officials said Friday.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine confirmed the paternal link one day after authorities took a DNA sample from Castro, who is charged with kidnapping and rape in the horrifying case.
Castro remained under suicide watch Friday, jailed in lieu of $8 million bail.
Forensic scientists worked through the night after receiving Castro’s DNA, and came up with the match, DeWine said in a news release.
It typically takes about three weeks to process a sample. Castro’s DNA arrived at the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation lab about 4 p.m. Thursday.
Berry, 27, was abducted off the Cleveland streets and held hostage along with Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32. The three women told investigators that they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused by their captor.
Berry’s little girl, named Jocelyn, was reportedly born in an inflatable pool inside the Castro home — with Knight performing CPR to save the newborn’s life.
All three victims were bound with ropes and chains during their years in the two-story home. Officials said they were only permitted outside on the property twice during their entire captivity.
But Castro occasionally took Jocelyn outside in the neighborhood with him.
Ohio prosecutors have said Castro could possibly face the death penalty if the charges against him are upgraded.