Ohio Pol Objects to State Funds for Cleveland Kidnap Victims


Berry, DeJesus and Knight were freed in May when Berry managed to escape through the front door of Castro's Cleveland house and call for help. Castro was sentenced in August to life plus 1,000 years in prison, but last month he took his own life, hanging himself with a bed sheet in his cell.

A report released last week by Ohio state investigators revealed numerous flaws in how Castro was monitored and, once he was found hanging, how he was transported to the hospital. According to the report, two guards – who were supposed to check on Castro every half hour – missed at least eight cell checks on the day he killed himself and falsified logs. The two guards have been placed on administrative leave.

Once Castro was found hanging in his cell, a bible and pictures of his family nearby, a full 34 minutes passed before an ambulance arrived and another 28 minutes went by before that ambulance arrived at the hospital.

In a statement released on behalf of the Castro family, attorney Craig Weintraub said the state of Ohio could have and should have done more to prevent Castro's suicide.

"Clearly, suicide prevention policies at correctional facilities lack purpose if the prison system affords an opportunity for falsification of log books for rounds," he said.

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