One kidnap victim has shunned her family in the wake of the Cleveland rescue. Michelle Knight was the one of the three Ariel Castro victims who had been in the news the least, and it seems she is now resistant to reuniting with her family. Reuters via the Daily News shared the details on May 10.
Reports indicate that neither Knight’s grandmother or mother have seen her yet. Knight’s brother did spend some time with her, but now per her request he has given her some distance as well. Michelle Knight was released Friday afternoon from MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.
Knight, 32, was the first of the three victims kidnapped, and as the oldest, her family and police had essentially given up trying to find her. There had been an issue with Knight losing custody of her child right before she went missing, and police were convinced she had simply left on her own. While there had been ongoing efforts and attention placed on finding Berry and DeJesus, for the most part Knight’s flew under the radar. Now that reports indicate the kidnap victim is shunning her family, it seems she has perceived a lack of persistence and support from her family.
Both Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus have been released from the hospital and are reunited with family. The details emerging in the Ariel Castro case are heartbreaking, as Knight is said to have endured five miscarriages during her captivity. Reports indicate she was brutally tortured physically, emotionally and psychologically by Castro during her 11 years of captivity.
Castro has been charged with kidnapping and rape, but he will be facing many more charges as the case moves forward. The prosecutor’s office has indicated they will throw every charge possible at him, and they may pursue the death penalty. Reports indicate that both Berry and DeJesus were shown coverage of vigils in their honor as they were missing, but the same was not done for Knight. After such an extraordinarily difficult experience, people can understand her emotions and reservations. Victim advocacy groups are trying to reach out to Knight, but so far it is unknown just who she is letting in close to help her.
People are rooting for Michelle Knight in her recovery, and it will surely be incredibly difficult. The details shared of her ordeal make it understandable the that the kidnap victim shuns her family given what she must perceive as a lack of support and hope. Hopefully she has someone by her side to help her move forward in reclaiming her life.
Update: Cleveland.com now reports that the hospital has made a brief statement upon Michelle Knight’s release. It shares that “Michelle Knight is in good spirits and would like the community to know that she is extremely grateful for the outpouring of flowers and gifts.” She is asking for privacy at this time, which people can certainly understand.