One of the women held captive by Ariel Castro has shared a photo of her 13-year-old daughter fathered by the kidnapper.
Amanda Berry, 33, was held captive for nearly a decade in Castro’s home in Cleveland along with Gina DeJesus, 29, and Michelle Knight, 29.
Each of the women was abducted between 2002 to 2004, and spent nearly a decade locked inside his home where they were beaten and raped before their miraculous escape in 2013.
Berry, who was abducted a day before her 17th birthday, gave birth to her daughter Jocelyn on Christmas Day in 2006.
In an undated image Berry shown on Good Morning America ahead of a sit-down interview with 20/20 on Friday night, the pair are pictured together at what appears to be an amusement park.
Berry also revealed that her daughter, who is now in middle school, will speak publicly about her relationship with her father, which she described as ‘normal’.
‘I mean she loved him and he loved her. Would he touch her? Would he ever think about touching her because she had his problems? But ultimately, he never did anything, he never laid a hand on Jocelyn,’ she said.
Berry added that Jocelyn – who was instrumental in their escape – is a happy and vivacious middle-school student.
Amanda Berry is shown in an undated image with her daughter Jocelyn, 13, during a visit to an amusement park years after Castro took his life by suicide in 2013 while imprisoned on kidnapping and rape convictions for victimizing the mother and two others
Amanda Berry (center) and her daughter Jocelyn are pictured with the mom’s sister Beth Serrano after police arrested Castro
The victims were rescued and Castro (pictured) arrested after Joceleyn discovered kidnapper and rapist had left the Cleveland home where he was holding the women hostage.
Berry and Castro’s other victims will speak about their harrowing ordeal on ABC’s 2020 that airs Friday, and will recall how Jocelyn was instrumental in their escape after she figured out Castro had left the Cleveland home.
After the escape, police revealed that there was no record of Jocelyn’s birth but a paternity test revealed that Castro was her father.
Police sources said Jocelyn was occasionally taken out of the house and would visit Castro’s mother, Lillian Rodriguez, who she called ‘grandmother’.
He committed suicide while serving a life sentence, plus 1,000 years, after he plead guilty to 973 counts of kidnapping and rape for victimizing the three women.
Berry was abducted in 2003 when Castro, who worked as an elementary school bus driver, approached her in his vehicle and asked if she needed a ride home.
At the time, she was a friend of his daughter’s who lived in a different neighborhood with her mother. But he invited her home under the guise that his daughter was upstairs.
Grandmother: Jocelyn visited Lillian Rodriguez (pictured center), the mother of kidnapping suspects Ariel, Oneil and Pedro Castro, according to police sources. The little girl called her ‘grandmother’
But once she arrived, she wouldn’t leave for years.
‘He took me to the next bedroom, and it was just really dark in there, and he didn’t turn on the lights, and there was a little, like, a little room off of the bigger bedroom, kind of a big closet,’ Berry said.
‘And he took me in there, and he told me to pull down my pants. And from there I knew, like, this was not going to be good.’
Castro chained her to a pole and left her in a dark room with a television on.
‘I just started screaming and crying… ‘Somebody please help me,’ you know. And nobody, nobody came. I was so scared that I was going to die. I didn’t think that I was going to ever make it home,’ Berry said.
A week after Berry went missing Castro called her family to taunt them using her cell phone.
‘He called and said, ‘I have Mandy,’which, nobody called her Mandy but [people] who knew her,’ her sister Beth Serrano said. ‘She wants to be with me.
The FBI were able to narrow down the phone’s location to a thirty to forty block area and despite exhaustive search measures, were unable to find Berry.
Castro grabbed DeJesus in a similar fashion on April 2, 2004 when she was 14 as she was walking home. She was good friends with Castro’s daughter Arlene.
Once she entered his home, she became unnerved by Castro’s behavior.
Amanda Berry Berry was abducted in 2003 when Castro, who worked as an elementary school bus driver, approached her in his vehicle and asked if she needed a ride home. Berry (right) is pictured with her mother, who died before knowing her daughter was alive
Berry (pictured), now 33, was held captive for nearly a decade in Castro’s home and fathered his child, Jocelyn
Berry became pregnant by Castro when she was 20 and gave birth to Jocelyn on Christmas in 2006.
‘I was terrified. How? I mean, I barely eat and I’m chained to a wall, and I have a bucket for a bathroom,’ Berry said.
Michelle Knight was the first victim to be kidnapped by Castro on August 23, 2002,
Knight, now 38, recalls her ordeal while held against her will and raped by Castro
She said life in captivity changed for her with the birth of her daughter. She noted Castro even became kinder and took off her chains after her daughter started to notice them. She told Jocelyn the chains were bracelets, as per Castro’s orders.
‘This is his kid, you know. How do I feel about that? And she resembled him a lot, and I would look at her, and I just felt, like, she’s mine. She’s mine,’ Berry said.
‘It was fun because I can get away from the situation. When I was playing with Jocelyn, Jocelyn made me forget everything.’
Castro grabbed Gina DeJesus (pictured), 29, April 2, 2004 when she was 14-years-old, as she was walking home. She was good friends with Castro’s daughter Arlene
The women were forced to live in squalid, filthy conditions where they were chained in their rooms, their bedrooms locked, barely fed and given buckets to use as a bathroom.
‘The mattress was old and nasty, and it was just disgusting. And we had the bucket to use the bathroom, and that smelled horrible,’ Berry said.
Castro’s home in Cleveland, where police say he held his kidnapping victims and raped them for years
The women were fed once a day and were given measly chips or crackers or other snacks as meals. They were also only allowed to shower once a week.
‘I mean, he tried to act nice, but he’s like, ‘Well, maybe you need to go take a shower,’ and I had to take a shower with him,’ Berry recalled.
The women underwent years of sexual abuse and rape in their captivity.
Berry said she had to ‘numb’ herself to cope with the egregious abuse.
A picture of the inside of Castro’s home, where he was alleged to have kept his kidnapped victims and raped them for years
‘You, like, put your mind somewhere else so that you’re not there. You know, you’re not in that room with him,’ Berry said.
Another interior shot shows the disarray and squalid conditions inside Castro’s home, where he kept his kidnapped victims and raped them for years, authorities said
She said she tried to record how many times he raped her each day in her diary by using a code.
‘I would always write these numbers at the top of the pages, because I felt like, you know, one day maybe authorities will get to read it. And he’ll be punished for what he did,’ Berry said.
The women were able to finally escape on May 6, 2013, when the women were left alone in the home and for the first time in 10 years, Berry found her bedroom door unlocked.
‘Jocelyn goes downstairs, and then she runs back up, and she says, ‘I don’t find Daddy. Daddy’s nowhere around,’ Berry said.
‘My heart immediately started pounding. I’m like, ‘Should I chance it? If I’m going to do it, I need to do it now,” she added.
‘Jocelyn goes downstairs, and then she runs back up, and she says, ‘I don’t find Daddy. Daddy’s nowhere around,’ Berry said, recalling when Castro (pictured) was not found inside the home by on May 6, 2013
Castro pictured in court after his arrest for the abducting and raping his three victims
Berry and her daughter made a break for it and ran out the front door, even though it was wired with an alarm. Beyond it the storm door was padlocked shut and Berry squeezed an arm out when a neighbor saw her struggling and kicked the door open.
Once out Berry called for Jocelyn to crawl through the door and the two found a neighbor and used their phone to call 911.
Police swarmed the home and the women were finally rescued.
On August 1, 2013, Castro was sentenced for the alleged crimes, and within less than a month was found dead in his prison cell after committed suicide. His home has since been demolished.
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