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Report: Ohio captive beaten until she miscarried

  • Ariel Castro appears in Cleveland Municipal court Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape after three women missing for about a decade and one of their young daughters were found alive at his home earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Ariel Castro appears in Cleveland Municipal court Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape after three women missing for about a decade and one of their young daughters were found alive at his home earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty leaves Fort Huntington Park and chased by the media after holding a news-conference regarding Ariel Castro's involvement in the disappearance of Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight, and Gina DeJesus Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty leaves Fort Huntington Park and chased by the media after holding a news-conference regarding Ariel Castro's involvement in the disappearance of Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight, and Gina DeJesus Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Law enforcement officials gather evidence at the crime scene where three women were hjeld captive in Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday, May 9, 2013.  Ariel Castro, a 52-year-old former school bus driver, is being held on $8 million bail under a suicide watch in jail, where he is charged with rape and kidnapping for allegedly abducting three women and holding them captive in his home for a decade.   (AP Photo/David Duprey)

    Law enforcement officials gather evidence at the crime scene where three women were hjeld captive in Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday, May 9, 2013. Ariel Castro, a 52-year-old former school bus driver, is being held on $8 million bail under a suicide watch in jail, where he is charged with rape and kidnapping for allegedly abducting three women and holding them captive in his home for a decade. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

  • Ariel Castro appears in Cleveland Municipal court alongside defense attorney Kathleen DeMetz, right, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape after three women missing for about a decade and one of their young daughters were found alive at his home earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Ariel Castro appears in Cleveland Municipal court alongside defense attorney Kathleen DeMetz, right, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape after three women missing for about a decade and one of their young daughters were found alive at his home earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Defense attorney Kathleen DeMetz, second from right, talks with Pedro Castro as Onil Castro, left,  watches and Ariel Castro, right, looks down, in Cleveland Municipal court Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland.   Ariel Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape.  Pedro and Onil Castro, were held but faced no immediate charges. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Defense attorney Kathleen DeMetz, second from right, talks with Pedro Castro as Onil Castro, left, watches and Ariel Castro, right, looks down, in Cleveland Municipal court Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Ariel Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Pedro and Onil Castro, were held but faced no immediate charges. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • The house is shown where three women were held in Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday, May 9, 2013.  Ariel Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape.  Ariel Castro was charged while his brothers, Pedro and Onil Castro, were held but faced no immediate charges.(AP Photo/David Duprey)

    The house is shown where three women were held in Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday, May 9, 2013. Ariel Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Ariel Castro was charged while his brothers, Pedro and Onil Castro, were held but faced no immediate charges.(AP Photo/David Duprey)

  • A girl adds a balloon outside the home of Gina DeJesus Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Ariel Castro, the man accused of raping and kidnapping DeJesus and 2 other women, who were missing for about a decade before being found alive at his home, was ordered held Thursday on $8 million bail. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    A girl adds a balloon outside the home of Gina DeJesus Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Ariel Castro, the man accused of raping and kidnapping DeJesus and 2 other women, who were missing for about a decade before being found alive at his home, was ordered held Thursday on $8 million bail. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Two Gaurdian Angels hang a poster at the home of Gina DeJesus Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Ariel Castro, the man accused of raping and kidnapping DeJesus and two other women, who were missing for about a decade before being found alive at his home, was ordered held Thursday on $8 million bail. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Two Gaurdian Angels hang a poster at the home of Gina DeJesus Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Ariel Castro, the man accused of raping and kidnapping DeJesus and two other women, who were missing for about a decade before being found alive at his home, was ordered held Thursday on $8 million bail. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • John Berry poses with a photo of his daughter, Amanda Berry, outside his home in Elizabethton, Tenn., on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Amanda Berry is one of three women who were rescued from a Cleveland home on Monday after they went missing separately about a decade ago, when they were in their teens or early 20s. (AP Photo/Patrick Murphey-Racey)

    John Berry poses with a photo of his daughter, Amanda Berry, outside his home in Elizabethton, Tenn., on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Amanda Berry is one of three women who were rescued from a Cleveland home on Monday after they went missing separately about a decade ago, when they were in their teens or early 20s. (AP Photo/Patrick Murphey-Racey)

  • Ariel Castro appears in Cleveland Municipal court Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape after three women missing for about a decade and one of their young daughters were found alive at his home earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
  • Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty leaves Fort Huntington Park and chased by the media after holding a news-conference regarding Ariel Castro's involvement in the disappearance of Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight, and Gina DeJesus Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
  • Law enforcement officials gather evidence at the crime scene where three women were hjeld captive in Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday, May 9, 2013.  Ariel Castro, a 52-year-old former school bus driver, is being held on $8 million bail under a suicide watch in jail, where he is charged with rape and kidnapping for allegedly abducting three women and holding them captive in his home for a decade.   (AP Photo/David Duprey)
  • Ariel Castro appears in Cleveland Municipal court alongside defense attorney Kathleen DeMetz, right, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape after three women missing for about a decade and one of their young daughters were found alive at his home earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
  • Defense attorney Kathleen DeMetz, second from right, talks with Pedro Castro as Onil Castro, left,  watches and Ariel Castro, right, looks down, in Cleveland Municipal court Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland.   Ariel Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape.  Pedro and Onil Castro, were held but faced no immediate charges. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
  • The house is shown where three women were held in Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday, May 9, 2013.  Ariel Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape.  Ariel Castro was charged while his brothers, Pedro and Onil Castro, were held but faced no immediate charges.(AP Photo/David Duprey)
  • A girl adds a balloon outside the home of Gina DeJesus Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Ariel Castro, the man accused of raping and kidnapping DeJesus and 2 other women, who were missing for about a decade before being found alive at his home, was ordered held Thursday on $8 million bail. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
  • Two Gaurdian Angels hang a poster at the home of Gina DeJesus Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Ariel Castro, the man accused of raping and kidnapping DeJesus and two other women, who were missing for about a decade before being found alive at his home, was ordered held Thursday on $8 million bail. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
  • John Berry poses with a photo of his daughter, Amanda Berry, outside his home in Elizabethton, Tenn., on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Amanda Berry is one of three women who were rescued from a Cleveland home on Monday after they went missing separately about a decade ago, when they were in their teens or early 20s. (AP Photo/Patrick Murphey-Racey)

Prosecutors said yesterday they may seek the death penalty against Ariel Castro, the man accused of imprisoning three women at his home for a decade, as the police charged that he impregnated one of his captives at least five times and then starved her and punched her in the belly until she miscarried.

The horrific allegations were contained in a police report that also said one of the women, Amanda Berry, was forced to give birth in a plastic kiddie pool.

Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty said his office will decide whether to bring aggravated murder charges punishable by death in connection with the pregnancies that were terminated by force.

“Capital punishment must be reserved for those crimes that are truly the worst examples of human conduct,” he said. “The reality is we still have brutal criminals in our midst who have no respect for the rule of law or human life.”

Castro, a 52-year-old former school bus driver, is being held on $8 million bail under a suicide watch in jail, where he is charged with rape and kidnapping.

The police report obtained yesterday by news organizations said Castro threatened, starved and sexually abused the women. Other chilling details in the report:

∎ Berry, now 27, told officers that she was forced to give birth in a plastic pool in the house so it would be easier to clean up. Berry said she, her baby, now 6, and the two other rescued women had never been to a doctor during their captivity.

∎ Michelle Knight, now 32, said her five pregnancies ended after Castro starved her for at least two weeks and “repeatedly punched her in the stomach until she miscarried.” She also said Castro forced her to help deliver Berry’s baby under threat of death if the baby died. Knight said that when the newborn stopped breathing, she revived the child through mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

∎ All three women said Castro chained them up in the basement but eventually let them live upstairs on the second floor. Each woman told a similar story about being abducted after accepting a ride from Castro.

McGinty said that Castro would be charged for every single act of sexual violence, assault and other crimes committed against the women, suggesting the charges could number in the hundreds, if not thousands.

Legacy Comments1

How about they charge him with ONE act, give him the death penalty and actually do it. The state does not need to spend tens of $millions to convict him on a thousand crimes just so the lawyers can then files appeals for the next 20 years on any one of the crimes. Then move on to the next person in line.

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