Cleveland kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro makes first court appearance since his arrest (Pictures)

Ariel Castro, who was accused of imprisoning three women and sexually abusing them at his house for ten years, made his first court appearance since his arrest on Monday (May 6, 2013). He was formally charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. However, the Cleveland man could face the death penalty if it’s determined he is responsible for the unborn children’s deaths of the victims Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.

Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy Mc­Ginty said Ariel Castro may be charged with aggravated murder because he allegedly impregnated his captives and then forced them to suffer miscarriages, meaning he terminated the pregnancies by force. The 52-year-old captor was set at $8m by Cleveland Municipal Court. Judge Lauren Moore calculated bail at $2 million per victim, including little girl Jocelyn, who was born to Amanda Berry on Christmas Day in 2006. Michelle Knight, one of three women held captive for more than a decade, said that the baby was delivered in a plastic pool inside the house. Under threats by Ariel Castro, Knight performed CPR and saved Berry’s baby at birth by breathing into her mouth when the child stopped breathing. The 32-year-old woman also told police that she got pregnant five times during the confinement, miscarrying each time because she was repeatedly punched in the stomach by Mr. Castro.

During the court hearing in Cleveland on Thursday (May 9, 2013), Ariel Castro, who was fired from his job driving school buses last November, did not enter a formal plea. His two brothers, Pedro Castro, 54, and Onil Castro, 50 also appeared in court on unrelated outstanding misdemeanour charges but were released. A Cuyahoga County grand jury will hear evidence in coming days and weeks. It also could indict Ariel Castro on additional charges, including aggravated murder.

Ariel Castro was handcuffed and dressed in a dark blue jail jumpsuit when he made his first court appearance on Thursday (May 9,…

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