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Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus Found After 10 Years: 'This is a Blessing,' Police Chief Says

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    Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus in a combination image.
By Sami K. Martin, Christian Post Reporter
May 7, 2013|7:33 am

Three women who disappeared nearly 10 years ago have all been found alive in Ohio, thanks to the help of a neighbor. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight have been reunited with their families and are thankful to be alive and free.

"I heard screaming," neighbor Charles Ramsey told WEWS-TV. "I'm eating my McDonald's. I come outside; I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of a house."

That girl happened to be Amanda Berry, who went missing in 2003 at the age of 16. She last called her sister to say she was getting a ride home from her job at a local Burger King but never arrived.

"I go on the porch," Ramsey said, "and she said, 'Help me get out. I've been here a long time.' I figure it was a domestic violence dispute. She comes out with a little girl and says, 'Call 911. My name is Amanda Berry.' When she told me, it didn't register until I got the call to 911 and I'm like, 'I'm calling 911 for Amanda Berry? I thought this girl was dead.'"

Berry had given birth to a little girl while in captivity, and she is now 6-years-old. DeJesus, who went missing at age 14 in 2004 was also found in the home, as was Knight, who disappeared in 2002 and is now 32.

All four women were taken to a nearby hospital, where they were evaluated by specialists, though doctors refused to say what type of specialists the women and young girl needed.

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"This is really good," Dr. Gerald Maloney told the Associated Press, "because this isn't the ending we usually hear in these stories, so we're very happy."

The prime suspect, 52-year-old Ariel Castro, has been arrested along with his two brothers, ages 50 and 54. Authorities have not released what charges they will face.

"I never want to see them again," the men's uncle, Julio Castro, told CNN.

"This is a great, great outcome that we have them still with us," Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba said during a press conference. "It's just truly, truly amazing and it's a blessing to the community and to the members of the police department and their families that they're alive. I can't tell you how happy we are."

 

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