Ohio’s top prosecutor is now looking into additional charges against alleged kidnapper Ariel Castro based on new revelations in the case. There is also now speculation that the case could rise to the death penalty in regard to multiple pregnancies reportedly terminated by force. Tests have confirmed that Castro is the father of the 6-year-old girl who was rescued from his house with three women this week, the state’s top prosecutor said Friday.
Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office confirmed Castro’s paternity in a news release. He said that a sample of Castro’s DNA was taken Thursday and forensic scientists worked through the night on the case.
The girl is the daughter of Amanda Berry, who authorities said was held for about a decade in Castro’s house in Cleveland along with Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight. Castro is being held on $8 million bond.
Knight was the only victim still hospitalized until Friday morning, when she left MetroHealth Medical Center.
A statement issued by the hospital on her behalf thanked the public for an outpouring of flowers and gifts. It says she is in good spirits and grateful for the Cleveland Courage Fund created to aid the victims.