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DNA testing links kidnap suspect with victim’s child
Reuters | May 11, 2013 00:38
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DNA tests show Ariel Castro, a former school bus driver charged with kidnapping and raping three women during a decade of captivity in his Cleveland house, is the father of a 6-year-old girl born to one of the victims, the Ohio attorney general said on Friday.

The tests did not link Castro to any other state cases, Attorney General Mike DeWine said in a statement.

Castro, 52, was arrested shortly after Amanda Berry, her 6-year-old daughter, and two other women Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, were found in his house in a run-down neighborhood of Cleveland on Monday.

DeWine's statement said that forensic scientists obtained a sample of Castro's DNA late Thursday afternoon and "worked throughout the night to confirm that Castro is the father of the six-year-old girl born in captivity to one of the kidnapping victims."

Berry's baby was born in a plastic inflatable children's swimming pool on Christmas Day in 2006, authorities have said.



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