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Mother of Gina DeJesus says the doubters helped her keep faith
UPDATE: Ariel Castro has been charged with seven counts of kidnapping and rape. His brothers, Pedro and Onil, have been cleared in the case.

Nancy Ruiz and Felix DeJesus welcome home their daughter for the first time in more than nine y


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Nancy Ruiz says her daughter, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight are doing well.
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The parents of Gina DeJesus welcomed their daughter home this afternoon for the first time in more than nine years, and explained in a bilingual press conference on their front steps that they never gave up hope.

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“Even the ones that doubted, I still want to thank them the most," said Gina's mother, Nancy Ruiz, "because they’re the ones that made me stronger, the ones that made me feel the most that my daughter was out there.” She then continued in Spanish.

Gina DeJesus was 14 when she disappeared on her way home from middle school in April of 2004.

Monday night, police discovered her in a dilapidated house not far from her home, where they believe she and two other women – Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight – were kept imprisoned for the last decade. Ruiz said her daughter and the others are doing well.

Three men -- Ariel, Pedro and Onil Castro -- have been arrested. Charges are expected today.


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