Heartbreaking new details are emerging Tuesday in the horrific story of three young women held captive and used as virtual sex slaves in a Cleveland house of horrors for a decade.
WKYC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland, reports that several police sources tell the station that Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were forced to have sex with their captors, resulting in up to five pregnancies.
In addition, WKYC-TV reports that one of those sources says that the captors would beat the pregnant girls. Both sources told the station the babies did not survive.
The station says it is unclear what happened after the pregnancies.
Another woman, currently unidentified, may have also been held with the three survivors, reports Fox8.com, citing law enforcement sources. “Knight told police that there was another woman in the home when she got there, but one day she woke up and the woman was gone, ” the station reported.
“There is writing on the wall in the basement which includes the name of a female and says, ‘Rest In Peace,” but police do not know if that is related to the case at this time.” The same report says that Knight and the two other adults survivors appear malnourished.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight, were all rescued Monday night, after a neighbor heard Amanda screaming from inside the home. In addition, Amanda’s six-year-old daughter was also saved.
Berry vanished without a trace on April 21, 2003, a day before her 17th birthday. She’s now 27.
Jesus had been missing since April 2, 2004. She’s now 23.
32-year-old Michelle Knight, who was last seen in 2002 at age 21, vanished after leaving her cousin’s house.
Police have arrested 52-year-old Ariel Castro, a former school bus driver, who owned the home at 2207 Seymour Avenue. His two brothers have also been taken into custody.
Jaycee Dugard, who was abducted as a child and freed in 2009 after 18 years of captivity behind the home of a California couple, made the following statement regarding the discovery of the Cleveland women: “These individuals need the opportunity to heal and connect back into the world. This isn’t who they are. It is only what happened to them. The human spirit is incredibly resilient. More than ever this reaffirms we should never give up hope.”