Three long-missing women -- Amanda Berry, 27; Georgina "Gina" DeJesus, 23; and Michelle Knight, 32 -- and a 6-year-old daughter apparently born to Berry in captivity -- were found alive Monday in Cleveland, police said. The women are believed to have been abducted years ago -- in 2002, 2003 and 2004 -- and held captive at a man's home, according to police.
A suspect, Ariel Castro, 52, was arrested Monday. Two of his brothers also were arrested, but authorities later announced that those two would not be charged in the case. On Thursday, bail for Ariel Castro was set at $8 million on four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape.
Here are recent developments:
-- Angie Gregg, one of Ariel Castro's daughters, said she learned by phone Monday her father's house was taped off after three young women had been freed after being held captive for years. "It was like everything crashed down, like I just wanted to melt into the floor," Gregg told CNN on Thursday, upon hearing her father was a suspect. "I just wanted to die. I couldn't believe it."
-- Ariel Castro "kept his house locked down so tight" and would sometimes leave mysteriously for an hour or so, then return, with "no explanation," Gregg said. "Everything's making sense now," she added. "It's all adding up, and I'm just disgusted."
Previously reported developments:
-- Cleveland kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro confessed to some of his actions during the roughly decade-long period in which he allegedly held three women and repeatedly sexually assaulted them, a law enforcement source closely involved with the investigation said. The source did not describe precisely what Castro confessed to when he was interrogated by authorities.
-- The three women and the child were rescued Monday after, according to a neighbor, screams came from the home.
-- Angel Cordero and Charles Ramsey say they responded to the screaming by helping to kick in a door to help Berry escape.
-- Berry and Ramsey called 911. "Help me, I am Amanda Berry," she begged the operator. "I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years. And I'm here, I'm free now."
-- In addition to Berry and her 6-year-old daughter, police found DeJesus and Knight at the home; all three said they were held captive there, according to authorities.
-- Police later arrested Ariel Castro, who's identified as a former school bus driver, and his two brothers. The three Castro brothers were together when they were arrested, at which time authorities felt "we had enough probable cause to bring them into custody," Cleveland police Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said. But over the course of the investigation, officials "found no facts to link" Onil and Pedro Castro to the kidnapping case.
-- Onil and Pedro Castro have been released from custody, Cleveland police tweeted Thursday. The two men appeared in court earlier in the day on misdemeanor cases unrelated to the three women's alleged kidnapping.
-- Bail for Ariel Castro was set at $2 million per case, for a total of $8 million, at his arraignment Thursday morning in Cleveland Municipal Court. In the four cases -- one case for each of the women, and one for the 6-year-old girl -- he was arraigned on a total of four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. The state had asked for bail to be set at $5 million.
-- Castro made "premeditated, deliberate and depraved decisions to snatch three young ladies ... to be used in whatever self-gratifying, self-serving way he saw fit," Cuyahoga County assistant prosecutor Brian Murphy said Thursday morning during Castro's arraignment.
-- Later Thursday, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said that his office will seek charges against kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro "for each and every act of sexual violence, each day of kidnapping, all his attempted murders and each act of aggravated murder." The attempted and aggravated murders refer to instances in which Castro allegedly was involved in "terminating pregnancies" of the women he held captive, according to McGinty.
-- Authorities "will evaluate whether we will seek charges eligible for the death penalty," McGinty added.
-- Ariel Castro's mother spoke briefly to Univision and Telemundo. "I have a sick son, who has done something serious," she said. "I'm suffering very much. I ask for forgiveness from those mothers, may those girls forgive me."
-- In charging documents for Ariel Castro released Wednesday, police said that Castro lured Knight into his vehicle on Lorain Avenue on August 22, 2002, took her to his home, and over the subsequent years "repeatedly sexually assaulted" her. Police laid out the same scenario for Berry, who was allegedly lured into Castro's vehicle on the same road on April 21, 2003. DeJesus was allegedly lured into Castro's vehicle on April 2, 2004, and, like the other two women, sexually assaulted repeatedly in the subsequent years.
-- Angel Cordero, who helped rescue Berry and her daughter, said she told him they had to leave quickly before the suspect returned home. "She said, 'Let's get out of here, because if that guy comes he's going to kill us. If he finds me here, he is going to kill me and he's going to kill you." Cordero also told CNN en Español that Berry's daughter did not appear accustomed to being around many people. She was wearing only a diaper and a sullied shirt, the rescuer said.
-- Knight, of Cleveland, was reported missing by a family member on August 23, 2002, said Martin Flask, Cleveland's public safety director. She was 21 at the time, according Cleveland police.
-- Berry was last seen after finishing her shift at a Burger King in Cleveland in 2003. It was the eve of her 17th birthday.
-- DeJesus, of Cleveland, disappeared nearly a year later, in April 2004. She was 14.
-- Arlene Castro, a daughter of Ariel Castro, said on ABC's "Good Morning America" that she was not especially close with her father, but had been a good friend of DeJesus, one of the women freed Monday. She said the accusations against her father have left her "really disappointed, embarrassed, mainly devastated," adding that she is "absolutely so, so sorry" for the whole ordeal.
-- The three women hadn't left Ariel Castro's property and had only gone outside "on two separate occasions ... briefly" in the years in which they were held captive, Flask said.
-- Ariel Castro would often test his captives by pretending to leave, then returning suddenly to discipline them if they made any move to escape, a law enforcement source with direct knowledge of the investigation told CNN. Amanda Berry "just knew" that (suspect Ariel) Castro was gone at the time and "had hit her breaking point," according to the source.
-- The women "relied on each other for survival," a law enforcement source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation said. The three interacted during their captivity, though they were typically kept in separate rooms, according to the source.
-- Ohio Attorney General's office spokesman Dan Tierney said Thursday that the FBI and Cleveland police have asked the state crime lab to expedite tests on Castro -- tests that typically take 20 days to complete, but ideally will be back by Friday -- to determine his DNA profile. Authorities have said that they eventually plan to conduct a paternity test to determine if Castro is the biological father of Berry's 6-year-old daughter.
-- When Berry escaped, the two other women could have run but chose not to, the law enforcement source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation said. The two other women who did not flee had "succumbed" to "their reality," the source said, describing them as brainwashed and fearful.
-- None of the three women was bound on the day they were freed, according to the source. Earlier, Cleveland's police chief told NBC's "Today" show that "we have confirmation that they were bound, and there (were) chains and ropes in the home."
-- Knight's missing persons report from the Cleveland Police Department describes her as having "mental abnormalities"; many family members seemed to be unaware that she was missing.
-- Knight still was at Cleveland's Metro Health Medical Center on Thursday morning, hospital spokeswoman Tina Shaerban-Arundel said. The spokeswoman has not said what Knight is being treated for, but did say that she "is in good condition." On Tuesday, the hospital said that it had released all three rescued women. Shaerban-Arundel said that the hospital stood by its Tuesday statement, but she did not elaborate.
-- Knight's mother told NBC on Wednesday that she cried when she heard her daughter was found. Barbara Knight told NBC that she had been looking for her daughter during the years she was gone. "She's probably angry at the world because she thought she would never be found, but thank God that somebody did." She was asked what she would say to Michelle if and when she got to see her. "I love you and I missed you all this time," she said.
-- Gina DeJesus was greeted by cheers when she returned Wednesday afternoon to a family home in Cleveland.
-- Her aunt, Sandra Ruiz, expressed thanks Wednesday afternoon for those who supported the family over the years. "There are not enough words to say or express the joy that we feel ... for the return of ... Gina," Ruiz said.
-- The aunt also asked the community not to forget Ashley Summers, who was last seen in July 2007. "Now we need to... rally together to look next door and bring .... Ashley Summers, home," Ruiz said, adding that her family feels connected in spirit to missing people like Summers.
-- But the investigation thus far hasn't led to any new information on Ashley Summers, who was 14 when she went missing in 2007, said Tomba. He said "her disappearance was part of the questioning" of the three Castro brothers who were initially arrested.
-- Late Wednesday morning, authorities escorted Berry, her daughter and her sister, Beth Serrano, to Serrano's Cleveland house. Serrano came outside and talked to reporters briefly, saying: "Our family would request privacy so my sister, niece and I can have time to recover. ... Please respect our privacy until we are ready to make our statements." Police initially said Berry would address the media, but it was later announced that she would not speak publicly Wednesday.
-- A fund has been set up -- the Cleveland Courage Fund -- to raise money for the long-missing women and others affected, the city of Cleveland announced Wednesday on Twitter. Money will go toward supporting those who have been held captive and organizations that assist them.