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Ohio kidnapping suspect makes first court appearance

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Ariel Castro, accused of kidnapping and raping three Cleveland woman makes his first court appearance.

He's charged with four courts of kidnapping and three counts of rape.

Castro's brothers were also arraigned on unrelated misdemeanor charges.  Police say there's no evidence linking them to the alleged kidnappings.

A terrifying picture is emerging of how three young women spent roughly a decade captive in a Cleveland home.  According to an initial incident report, Michelle knight said she became pregnant at least five times, but was starved and punched in the stomach until she miscarried.

But when Amanda Berry became pregnant, a police source says Castro forced Knight to deliver the baby, and threatened to kill her if it didn't survive. That baby is the six-year-old rescued along with the three victims.

A law enforcement source says Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were kept in separate rooms, and came to rely on each other for survival.   Over the years they saw their families on television, praying for their safe return.

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