Cleveland Question: Did Police Miss Chances to Rescue Three Women?


As Cleveland rejoices in the rescue of three women kidnapped and imprisoned for more than a decade, law enforcement officials are beginning to sort through the physical and psychological torture they likely endured, reports USA Today. Cleveland police will delay “deep questioning” of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight as they get acclimated to their families and freedom. While the three appear in good health, a disturbing tale of sexual assault, physical abuse, bondage, and other horrors is emerging. Questions are being raised about whether local authorities may have missed not only warnings about the alleged captor, but also several chances to rescue the victims. A law enforcement official said there is evidence that the victims were held in chains during at least part of their captivity. As the victims were held captive, police visited the home of Ariel Castro several times. In 2004, police arrived in a child services investigation. They left when no one answered the door. Neighbors said they notified police several times.

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