Kidnap Suspect Ariel Castro is Father of Girl, DNA Confirms

May 10, 2013 12:25pm

A DNA analysis of Cleveland kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro confirmed today that he is the father of a 6-year-old girl born in captivity at his home, police said today.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation obtained a DNA sample from Castro Thursday and worked overnight analyzing the sample, the Ohio Attorney General’s office said today.

Castro’s DNA was also compared to other DNA samples in Ohio’s law enforcement database, but it did not match any other Ohio cases. The sample is still being compared to the national database run by the FBI, according to the AG’s statement.

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Castro was charged earlier this week with kidnapping and raping three women who disappeared nearly a decade ago in Cleveland.

Castro, 52, faces charges for kidnapping and rape relating to Amanda Berry, 27, Gina DeJesus, 23, Michelle Knight, 32, and the 6-year-old daughter of Berry and Castro.

He also allegedly induced abortions in Knight on at least five occasions by punching her in the stomach, a claim that could result in murder charges for Castro.

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