On May 8, Amanda Berry and Georgina “Gina” DeJesus were joyfully reunited with their families, according to CNN and other news sources.
A tweet from Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath shared the happy news with thousands of followers around the country.
This excerpt from the tweet shows the joyful mood of the Cleveland Police.
“As of today, May 8, 2013 at 2:50pm, both Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus are confirmed to be officially at home with their families. Michelle Knight was readmitted to MetroHealth Medical Center in good health. This is a historic moment for the women, their family members, law enforcement and the citizens of the City of Cleveland who have prayed for their safe return.”
The three young women, freed on May 6, had been held captive for nearly a decade. Their ordeal came to an end when Berry’s cries for help were heard by neighbor Charles Ramsey, who kicked in the door of the house.
Ariel Castro, 52-year-old owner of the house where the women were found, was arrested on May 6 and has been charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape, according to police updates.
Castro’s two brothers, Pedro and Onil, were also arrested on May 6. They have not been charged in the case; however, both remain in custody.
A joyful reunion with family members and friends awaited Berry and DeJesus. Cheering crowds, banners and balloons were on hand as the young women returned home.
Chilling details of the girls’ years in captivity have begun to emerge. Freed with the three women was a 6-year-old girl, Berry’s daughter who was born during the years her mother was captive.
Knight was forced to help deliver the baby, under threats of death by Castro, according to police reports shared by CNN.
There are also reports that Knight was pregnant numerous times during the years; however, severe beatings by Castro resulted in multiple miscarriages.
Knight was allegedly kidnapped by Castro on August 22, 2002 when she was 21. On April 21, 2003, 16-year-old Berry was kidnapped by Castro while walking home from work.
DeJesus was only 14 when she was kidnapped on April 2, 2004, as she walked home from Wilbur Wright Middle School.
A joyful reunion with family for these young ladies who were once feared dead is more than many who followed their stories could have imagined.
As Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight begin the long process of healing, they will hopefully receive much strength and support from loving family members.