News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Don Drumm Studios

Hospice of the Western Reserve

Greater Akron Chamber


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Courts and Crime


DNA shows Castro fathered a captive woman's child
But further tests show he's not linked by DNA to other crimes in Ohio
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


Reporter
Kevin Niedermier
 
In The Region:

DNA tests have confirmed that Ariel Castro is the father of a child born to one of the woman he allegedly held captive for a decade in his Cleveland home. The tests were conducted by Ohio' Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Castro' DNA was also tested against evidence from other Ohio murders, rapes and assaults, but there were no matches. His profile was cross-referenced against nearly 550,000 samples in Ohio' section of the national “Combined DNA Index System,” or CODIS.

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:14)


“Basically, it’s a series of numbers like a bar code for an individual," explained Lewis Maddox, head of the state’s DNA testing lab.

Maddox says it takes only about 10 minutes to the run the statewide test. The FBI will now test Castro’s DNA against the millions of samples in the CODIS system’s national section. 

Castro has been charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. He's accused of  holding three women captive for the last decade.The fourth kidnapping charge is tied to the child, who is now 6 years old. Two of the women -- Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus -- were just teenagers when they disappeared. The third, Michelle Knight, was 21.

They escaped Monday night.

Police reports say Castro kept the women locked away, and repeatedly beat and raped them. The reports also say one of the women told police Castro beat and starved her to force her to miscarry. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty says he intends to use that evidence to possibly pursue the death penalty against Castro.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Western Stark Free Clinic is set to close but to continue its role
WHAT OTHER DENTAL CLINICS AND MEDICAL CLINICS ARE IN THE CANTON AND MASSILLON, OHIO AREAS?

Three exonerated of murder convictions from 18 years ago
Thanks heavens that none of them have been condemned to death. This alons should convince the USA to join the civilized world by abolishing the death penalty. E...

Kombucha: a sweet business brewed with fermented tea
Stevia is not an artificial sweetener. It is a plant. I have one growing in my sunroom. The leaves are dried and added to teas. It's harvested commercially and...

Bringing back ballet in Cleveland
I do think Ballet in Cleveland is doing good things, but the fact that director says "When we have flourishing companies like the New York City Ballet and the A...

Report confirms some Vietnam veterans may have been exposed to Agent Orange
was in nam 1969 exposed va stated lost medical records was in lawsuit from 197? till settled 0 $ 2010 ? said all nam vets will get back disability till 198? jus...

Mentorship grant program redefines "faith-based" provision
Can't anyone have values, beliefs, and morals anymore? How is it anymore unconstitutional for a school partner with a "faith-based" organization than any other ...

Exploradio: The challenge of finding a healthy balance with technology
Thank you, Jeff, for another well done Exploradio. I always learn something interesting about what is happening in NE Ohio.

Northeast Ohio's transgender community rallies around restroom issue
A good first step would be for Cleveland to require restaurants to have a public restroom. Cleveland is the only city I've ever been in where restaurants somet...

Vapor shops say tobacco tax hikes could hit them hard
Maybe you should be DOING a study, since every time you've tried to villianize them all that's happened was the opposite. I'm not a fan of alcohol that's flavor...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University