Man Accused Of Kidnapping 3 Women Placed Under Suicide Watch

CLEVELAND (May 9, 2013)--A prosecutor in Cleveland says the three women who were missing for about a decade until they were found Monday in the home of Ariel Castro had been beaten repeatedly and sexually assaulted.

Brian Murphy accused Castro of using the women "in whatever self-gratifying, self-serving way he saw fit."

Castro appeared in court Thursday morning for arraignment on charges of rape and kidnapping.

His bond was set at $8 million.

He looked down at the floor for nearly the entire hearing, and didn't speak.

Investigators say the women endured a decade in captivity inside a dingy home where they were raped and were allowed outside only a handful of times.

One of them gave birth to a daughter.

Police say the women were evidently bound by ropes and chains at times and were kept in different rooms.

Castro is charged with four counts of kidnapping, which includes the women and the girl, and three counts of rape.

A public defender who represented Castro Thursday in court said he would be transferred from a city jail medical unit, and would probably be under suicide watch while at the county jail.

She says he didn't have a chance to talk to his two brothers, who were arrested and were then cleared without charges.

The two brothers, Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50, were released from custody Thursday, officials said.

Police didn't release any more information, and the men's whereabouts were not immediately known.

The two weren’t charged in the case, but Pedro Castro pleaded no contest to an unrelated open-container charge in court Monday.

Two unrelated misdemeanor charges against Onil Castro were dropped.

Castro’s daughter, meanwhile, told ABC's "Good Morning America" Thursday that she is extremely sorry about everything.

Arlene Castro was a friend of one of the women, Gina DeJesus and was walking home from school with DeJesus in April 2004 just before the woman disappeared.

A tearful Arlene Castro says she'd like to see her friend again and wants her to meet her children.

Castro, who now lives in Indiana, says she and her father were never really close and that they only had short conversations in recent years.


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