CLEVELAND, Ohio - We have new developments in a story that's captivated the nation. Three missing women escaped from a house in Cleveland after a decade in captivity. Cleveland's CBS station is reporting that suspect Ariel Castro wrote a suicide note years ago outlining what he did and why. He reportedly talks about sex addiction, family problems and a poor childhood. And, he also puts some blame on the victims for getting in the car with him. Wednesday, prosecutors announced formal charges against Castro.He'll face a judge Thursday morning.
We're also learning more about the women and the families they are returning to. For the last decade, "home" for these women was a prison. According to the police report, Castro kept all three women chained up in the basement, but eventually let them free from the chains to live upstairs on the second floor in the house. They were often beaten and starved. That all changes today. Home is now a place of refuge, comfort and recovery.
Our first glimpse into the terror inside the home comes from a Cleveland Police audio recording. Amid crying, the police officer says, "We found them, we found them.... we've got a female conscious and breathing. She has a young child with her."
Wednesday, the FBI escorted Amanda Berry and her six-year old daughter jocelyn, born in captivity, to the home of her sister, Beth.
"I want to thank the public and the media for their support over these years," Amanda's sister Beth Serrano said. "At this time our family would request privacy so my sister, niece and I would have time to recover."
Neighbors cheered as Gina DeJesus arrived home. Hiding under a yellow hood, she held her mother tightly, giving a thumbs up as she was whisked inside. "I saw my daughter and all did was grab her and hug her," DeJesus' mother Nancy Ruiz said. "I didn't want to let go."
The third woman, Michelle Knight, whose mother lives in Collier County, continues to receive medical attention. "I'm thrilled," Barbara Knight said. "All I want to do is hug her, and tell her I'm glad she wasn't dead."
Berry, DeJesus and Knight are believed to have been imprisoned in the Cleveland house since the early 2000s. A cousin of suspect Ariel Castro said she is devastated and apologized to the women for what they forced to endure. "Never any indication for any of this," Marie Castro Montes said. "I mean, no one in our family would have remained quiet or covered up any of these horrific details had we had any idea of what was going on."
Piece by piece, we're learning just how horrific the womens' living conditions were inside that home. According to the police report obtained by WKYC, Knight was pregnant five times but forced to abort the baby. She told police Castro "starved her for at least two weeks, then repeatedly punched her in the stomach until she miscarried."
According to the report, Amanda berry, whose daughter Jocelyn was also rescued was actually forced to deliver in a plastic baby pool to contain "the mess," Castro allegedly forced Knight to deliver the baby and threatened to kill her if the baby died. The report says Knight had to breathe into the baby's mouth to keep her alive.
Despite all of this, none of the women, not even the child, were permitted to see a doctor.