Ohio Kidnapper to plead not guilty; expresses concern for 6-year-old daughter

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Ariel Castro, the Ohio man who imprisoned 3 women in his Cleveland home for over a decade, will plead not guilty to multiple charges of kidnapping and rape, say his attorneys.

“The initial portrayal of him is one of a quote ‘monster,’ and that is not the impression that I got,” said one of his two attorneys, Craig Weintraub, during an interview that aired on Wednesday’s Today show.

“He is a human being, but what is offensive is that the women and the media want to demonize this man before they know the whole story, and I think it’s unfair and not equitable,” added Castro’s co-counsel, attorney Jaye Schlachet.

Castro’s attorneys portray him as a misunderstood, loving father who only wants the best for the 6-year-old girl he fathered with one of his captives, Amanda Berry, now 27.

“I am aware of how he came in contact with them,” Weintraub told NBC News, referring to Berry, Georgina DeJesus, 24, and Michelle Knight, 32.

Berry was 16 when she vanished in 2003 after calling her sister to say someone offered her a ride home from work. DeJesus was 15 when she disappeared while walking home from school in 2004. Knight was 20 when she was kidnapped in 2002. All 3 women were offered rides by Castro who then drove them to his home on Seymour Avenue and chained them up in his basement.

DNA tests confirmed Castro, 52, is the father of Berry’s 6-year-old daughter, Jocelyn, who was born in an inflatable kiddie pool in Castro’s basement. Her birth was never registered with the county.

Castro’s lawyers say their client is a loving father who is very concerned for his daughter.

“Mr. Castro is extremely committed to the well-being and positive future of his daughter, who he loves and cares about,” said Weintraub.

These same two attorneys also defended notorious Cleveland serial killer Anthony Sowell, who was sentenced to death after the bodies of 11 women were found in his home and back yard.

Castro is being held on $8 million bond in the Cuyahoga County jail cell in isolation. He is under 24-hour suicide watch.

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    91 Responses to “Ohio Kidnapper to plead not guilty; expresses concern for 6-year-old daughter”

    1. 1
      luVn_liFe... says:

      Yes I can imagine he’s very luviN and caring
      It CLEARLY ShowS!
      fcuKiN Putos

    2. 2
      Smonae says:

      Now this that bullchit, he needs a a lawyer that’s gonna tell him the truth “Niggah u done son” :coffee:
      Trying to paint him as a good father :shocked:

    3. 3
      libra80sbaby says:

      :facepalm: THIS muhguffa :rollseyes:

    4. 4
      luVn_liFe... says:

      “I am aware of how he came in contact with them,” Weintraub told NBC News, referring to Berry, Georgina DeJesus, 24, and Michelle Knight, 32.

      :facepalm:

      LaWD . .

    5. 5
      libra80sbaby says:

      *mufuggah*

    6. 6
      Betamax82 says:

      You weren’t that concerned :rolleyes:

    7. 7
      luVn_liFe... says:

      A.J. says:

      I cant tell U what TYLER I was thanking of
      —————–
      Sure you can…
      _________
      Hopefully not Tyler the Creature! that glue sniffer and eating nig!
      :crying:
      YES

    8. 8
      libra80sbaby says:

      Smonae says:

      Now this that bullchit, he needs a a lawyer that’s gonna tell him the truth “Niggah u done son”
      Trying to paint him as a good father
      ———————
      :cosign: The lawyers prolly took this case pro bono too…they want the publicity. They don’t give a dayum bout this man for real. They know he fugged

    9. 9
      A.J. says:

      He won’t make it a year. :shotsfired1:

    10. 10
      OutsidetheBox says:

      He seems to be really into Amanda.. :huh: But the other women need reconstructive surgery like he been digging in their asses since day 1. :no:

    11. 11
      Bombshell Esq says:

      FROM DOWNSTAIRS FOR BOOTCAMP:

      Thank yew Bootcamp :hugs:

      Go to ihop, applebees, dunkin, baskin robins & DSW websites and sign up for their birthday club guhl :yes:

    12. 12
      FuturedocDonte says:

      He is a human being, but what is offensive is that the women and the media want to demonize this man before they know the whole story

      So u out locks on the door sothey couldn’t leave. Even help search for that Gina Dejesus (knowing good and dayum well she was in ur basement) and there is more to the story that we don’t know :coffee: do tell

    13. 13
      Who Dat says:

      I knew this was gonna happen. They gonna say that they stayed there all that time on their own.

    14. 14
      Fated4Greatness says:

      Ummm. WTF. Sir. Entertaining this fool and allowing him to enter a not guilty plea is stupid as fluck…even though its his right, its stupid.

      And how you gonna make a nice man out of someone who held 3 woman captive for 10 whole damn years :smh:

    15. 15
      Bootcampgirl says:

      “Mr. Castro is extremely committed to the well-being and positive future of his daughter, who he loves and cares about,” said Weintraub.
      __________________
      :blink:
      So fck the fact that he kidnapped 3 people, and held them captive for 10 yrs had unconsented sex, I’m assuming, and procreated with one of his captives…

    16. 16

      They in it for the fame… I hope they burry his ass. Yes the girls should have been smarter, but he committed a number of crimes. GTFOH :rolleyes:

    17. 17
      A.J. says:

      A.J. says:

      I cant tell U what TYLER I was thanking of
      —————–
      Sure you can…
      _________
      Hopefully not Tyler the Creature! that glue sniffer and eating nig!
      :crying:
      YES
      ______________
      Yes in time-out for 1 minute young lady. :lol: Git in da :kona:

    18. 18
      libra80sbaby says:

      Who Dat says:

      I knew this was gonna happen. They gonna say that they stayed there all that time on their own.
      ————————————-
      And that chit bout the other girl who got pregnant there and he beat the babies out her ass…she was pregnant several times and each time he beat the baby outta her. Bastid!!

    19. 19
      NaijaGal says:

      He seems to be really into Amanda
      ===================
      the white one :tea: the other white girl was retarded and he didn’t want retarded babies

    20. 20
      Bootcampgirl says:

      Thanks @Bomb

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      OutsidetheBox saysHe seems to be really into Amanda.. But the other women need reconstructive surgery like he been digging in their asses since day 1.

      :hi: Morning BiZZlE . .
      Yeah I was reading today that she lived in a room in the main house
      the other girls wer chained and Leashed constatly . .
      HOld ON :pc:

    22. 22
      OutsidetheBox says:

      Yes the girls should have been smarter
      ________

      How?

    23. 23
      Black_jewel2 says:

      Who Dat says:

      I knew this was gonna happen. They gonna say that they stayed there all that time on their own
      __________________________________________________

      On their own. They ran away from home and he rescued them from abusive families blah blah blah.

    24. 24
    25. 25
      luVn_liFe... says:

      Two of the women imprisoned in a Cleveland house in conditions described as similar to a prisoner of war camp suffered from severe malnutrition and will require long-term therapy for injuries such as hearing loss and joint and muscle damage, two sources with direct knowledge said.

      The basement where the women were held had chains coming from the wall, and dog leashes attached to the ceiling, the sources said. The women were restrained with them and duct tape in “stress positions” for long periods that left them with bed sores and other injuries, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the investigation, who asked not to be identified

    26. 26
      OutsidetheBox says:

      the white one the other white girl was retarded and he didn’t want retarded babies
      _________

      MMm. I see. Ok. I’m with ya.

    27. 27
      Bootcampgirl says:

      He seems to be really into Amanda
      ===================
      the white one the other white girl was retarded and he didn’t want retarded babies
      ___________
      I don’t know why ^^^ made me lol…

    28. 28

      “The initial portrayal of him is one of a quote ‘monster,’ and that is not the impression that I got,” said one of his two attorneys, Craig Weintraub, during an interview that aired on Wednesday’s Today show.

      “He is a human being, but what is offensive is that the women and the media want to demonize this man before they know the whole story, and I think it’s unfair and not equitable,” added Castro’s co-counsel, attorney Jaye Schlachet.

      fugg yo LIFE! ugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :shotsfired:

    29. 29
      Diva says:

      Fugg him! Nucca please! That’s all I got on this muthaphuka!

    30. 30
      cougar lover says:

      he delusional, sounds like he would murk somebody if they kidnapped his daughter, all while he got her moms hog tied downstairs. fool would prolly take it another delusional step further, and be all up in d.c. tryna lobby for kidnap victims, while he texting his brothers to go downstairs and whip the moms some more just cuz.

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      OutsidetheBox says:

      Yeah I was reading today that she lived in a room in the main house
      the other girls wer chained and Leashed constatly . .
      _________

      With dog leashes from the ceiling and chit :|

      Morning. :hug:

    32. 32

      OutsidetheBox says:

      Yes the girls should have been smarter
      ________

      How?
      ———–
      By not getting in the car with him when he offered a ride.

    33. 33

      Diva says:

      Fugg him! Nucca please! That’s all I got on this muthaphuka!
      ________________

      :cosign: I couldn’t imagine going through what they went through, just awful

    34. 34
      OutsidetheBox says:

      On their own. They ran away from home and he rescued them from abusive families blah blah blah.
      __________

      :lol: Sooo trife but I can see a defense atty saying it especially since Michelle got lost and thrown away.

    35. 35

      OutsidetheBox says:

      Yes the girls should have been smarter
      ________

      How?

      i too want to know this. weren’t they kidnapped? & underage? & didn’t he beat them? weren’t they terrorized of him or did i miss something? :shrug:

    36. 36
      luVn_liFe... says:

      Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were in worse condition than Amanda Berry when they emerged from at least nine years in captivity at the home of Ariel Castro, accused of kidnapping and raping the women. Castro appeared to treat Berry better than the other two, the sources said.

      “There is a reason why you have only seen a picture of Amanda (Berry),” said one of the sources, referring to the condition of DeJesus and Knight.

      The sources said DeJesus and Knight were gaunt and had closely cropped hair when they were freed.

      One of the sources, who has been in the house, said the basement had chains coming from the walls and “dog leashes attached to the ceiling.” Knight and DeJesus told police they spent extensive time in the basement.

      “One of the girls has difficulty moving her head around from being chained up,” said one of the sources. The second source identified DeJesus as the woman suffering this injury
      In contrast, DeJesus wore a hooded sweat-shirt covering her head when she first went home last week, and Knight was hospitalized for days, and has stayed out of public view.
      the details.

      “One of the girls has difficulty moving her head around from being chained up,” said one of the sources. The second source identified DeJesus as the woman suffering this injury

    37. 37
      Diva says:

      jeniefrumdabloc says:

      Diva says:

      Fugg him! Nucca please! That’s all I got on this muthaphuka!
      ________________

      :cosign: I couldn’t imagine going through what they went through, just awful

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      I can’t either! It was only by the grace of God that they survived!

    38. 38

      Bedazzled His Razzle says:

      OutsidetheBox says:

      Yes the girls should have been smarter
      ________

      How?
      ———–
      By not getting in the car with him when he offered a ride.

      aww damn :(

      but lawd they still didn’t deserve to have their lives ruined for 10 years :no:

      so all 3 girls did the same thing??

    39. 39
      MSVALLDAY says:

      I’m so pissed tax payers even have to waste money on a trial for this here azz hole.

    40. 40
      luVn_liFe... says:

      If he left for long periods of time he would sometimes duct tape-up the women over all parts of their faces, even their eyes, only leaving an opening so they could breathe. Then he would just rip it off pulling off skin and hair,” one of the sources said.

      @RAZZZ
      BUT two of the girls KNEW him,DeJesus was BFF with HIS daughter!!
      He was a SCHOOL BUS DRIVER
      So of COURSE THEY ACCEPTED A RIDE FROM HIM

    41. 41
      Bombshell Esq says:

      :hide: from the folks who gonna talk about how can the lawyers represent him…. Just remember this man is “Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law by a jury of his peers” :kona:

      & For the record :yes: I think he deserves to rot under the jail for all eternity :tea:

    42. 42
      Milky says:

      ninja please!!!! this bastard can drink bleach twice far as i am concerned. now you want to play the victim. i hope them ninjas in jail find a cozy home in ur anus!!!

    43. 43
      luVn_liFe... says:

      The women, especially DeJesus and Knight, were now exhibiting signs of malnutrition as Castro used food as a means to torment them, one of the sources said.

      “He would bring food to one or two of the girls and made the others watch as they or he would eat in front of them,” the source said.

      Knight and DeJesus would sneak food to each other, this source said.

    44. 44

      This is just messed up for these women :no: and for him this looser :no:

    45. 45

      FayMrsWhipfinityIfYewNassy :whip: says:

      Bedazzled His Razzle says:

      OutsidetheBox says:

      Yes the girls should have been smarter
      ________

      How?
      ———–
      By not getting in the car with him when he offered a ride.

      aww damn

      but lawd they still didn’t deserve to have their lives ruined for 10 years

      so all 3 girls did the same thing??
      ———–
      I’m not saying they did. I just wish they and other kids going missing by just hopping into a car would be smarter. The one who had “issues” was a stray. The other two were offered rides.

    46. 46
      OutsidetheBox says:

      By not getting in the car with him when he offered a ride.
      __________

      Oh.

    47. 47

      luVn_liFe… says:

      If he left for long periods of time he would sometimes duct tape-up the women over all parts of their faces, even their eyes, only leaving an opening so they could breathe. Then he would just rip it off pulling off skin and hair,” one of the sources said.

      @RAZZZ
      BUT two of the girls KNEW him,DeJesus was BFF with HIS daughter!!
      He was a SCHOOL BUS DRIVER
      So of COURSE THEY ACCEPTED A RIDE FROM HIM

      MY LAWD! but he’s not a demon?? FOH! :twisted:
      he’s the WORST kind bc he knew them AND their families. sick fukka fake consoling on of the vic’s moms tambout how u holding up?? :shank:

    48. 48

      :rofl:

      How you not guilty and have a 6 yr old child with a victim of kidnap!
      This nigga need to plead insanity or something.

    49. 49

      I’m sorry but, if dude is this sick, his daughter probably wasn’t safe from him either.

    50. 50
      Diva says:

      luVn_liFe… says:

      If he left for long periods of time he would sometimes duct tape-up the women over all parts of their faces, even their eyes, only leaving an opening so they could breathe. Then he would just rip it off pulling off skin and hair,” one of the sources said.

      @RAZZZ
      BUT two of the girls KNEW him,DeJesus was BFF with HIS daughter!!
      He was a SCHOOL BUS DRIVER
      So of COURSE THEY ACCEPTED A RIDE FROM HIM

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      Proves you just can’t trust anybody anymore! such a shame! That’s why you have to let your kids know…if Mom and Dad didn’t tell you to go with so and so then yo azz don’t go.

    51. 51

      somebody tess me when it’s a :newpost: bc i’m over this one :bye:

    52. 52

      @RAZZZ
      BUT two of the girls KNEW him,DeJesus was BFF with HIS daughter!!
      He was a SCHOOL BUS DRIVER
      So of COURSE THEY ACCEPTED A RIDE FROM HIM
      —–
      Aww shat… I missed this point of it. Well in the case of them knowing him, I rescind my statement of “the girls should have been smarter”. But for the kids who have just jumped in a car with someone they don’t know, I still feel the same.

    53. 53
      Who Dat says:

      <<< Might Woulda accepted a ride with my homegirl’s dad when I was 12-13. I mean he aint a stranger. I done been around him. He aint never tried nothing. Its not even that I am all that trusting. But shoot I woulda thought he was harmless too.

    54. 54
      OutsidetheBox says:

      BUT two of the girls KNEW him,DeJesus was BFF with HIS daughter!!
      He was a SCHOOL BUS DRIVER
      So of COURSE THEY ACCEPTED A RIDE FROM HIM
      _____________

      This is the kind of story where there is only ONE person at fault. Im right tired of ppl blaming his brothers, his kin, his neighbors. These girls..now women. He did it.

      I reserve a little judgment for Cleveland Popo but I dont think they DIDNT want to find the girls, but they just didnt find them.

    55. 55
      Diva says:

      MzDimplez1123 says:

      I’m sorry but, if dude is this sick, his daughter probably wasn’t safe from him either.

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      I hate to say and think like this but he probably abused that child sexually.

    56. 56
      OutsidetheBox says:

      :pizza: <–SB's cheese danish

      Splurging today :smack.:

    57. 57
      Diva says:

      Who Dat says:

      <<< Might Woulda accepted a ride with my homegirl’s dad when I was 12-13. I mean he aint a stranger. I done been around him. He aint never tried nothing. Its not even that I am all that trusting. But shoot I woulda thought he was harmless too.

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      Back in our days KDub you are correct, nowadays :nono:

    58. 58
      luVn_liFe... says:

      I FiNd it VERY BizaRRE that gina and his daughter wer BFFs
      something just doesnt ring Clear there to ME

    59. 59

      Man, I just don’t care™ says:

      How you not guilty and have a 6 yr old child with a victim of kidnap!
      This nigga need to plead insanity or something.
      —————-
      I originally thought that’s what they were going to go with. Just like the colorado movie shooter did. ppffff. :rolleyes:

    60. 60

      MzDimplez1123 says:

      I’m sorry but, if dude is this sick, his daughter probably wasn’t safe from him either.

      she wasn’t & if i were the girls mom i’d be working on having his rights DENIED!

      gm gawjus :hug:

    61. 61
      OutsidetheBox says:

      KITA Dubb Divurr :hi:

    62. 62
      Who Dat says:

      Now the other two? Yeah they shoulda been careful. Amanda was in better condition b/c she is the baby’s mother.

      Also, I think she was picked to give birth b/c the other one was a lil off. And Gina was the baby of the bunch. She is also a minority (Gina) so the whole I wanna reproduce with the fair hair light eye’d one thing might come into play. Hispanics have alot of inter-racial issues too when it comes to skin shade. IJS.

    63. 63

      FAY! HEY BEAUTIFUL! I like yo Hurr. <—K. Michelle voice

    64. 64

      SHAUN! :kiss:

      Hey Dollface.

    65. 65
      luVn_liFe... says:

      Man, I just don’t care™ says:

      How you not guilty and have a 6 yr old child with a victim of kidnap!
      This nigga need to plead insanity or something.
      ^ ^ ^ ^
      This is CERTAINLY MORE Plausible,Than NOT guilty Im a loving caring HUman being
      Shytte

    66. 66

      In other news.. I need a sugardaddy. I’m tired of paying bills. I don’t mind paying car insurance and cable/satelite, but man….

      See my gravie. :wail:

    67. 67
      OutsidetheBox says:

      MMhmm. :yes: *mouth full of food* but agreeing.

    68. 68

      Make ya not even want to have anymore kids :no: cause we are definitely living in different days now :no:

    69. 69
      luVn_liFe... says:

      Also, I think she was picked to give birth b/c the other one was a lil off. And Gina was the baby of the bunch. She is also a minority (Gina) so the whole I wanna reproduce with the fair hair light eye’d one thing might come into play. Hispanics have alot of inter-racial issues too when it comes to skin shade. IJS.

      fuNNy this is
      That ChilD JOCelyn is her name,Is dark skinned

    70. 70

      These same two attorneys also defended notorious Cleveland serial killer Anthony Sowell, who was sentenced to death after the bodies of 11 women were found in his home and back yard
      ______________

      The phuck goin on in Cleveland??

    71. 71
      Who Dat says:

      OH-TEE-BEE :2dance:

    72. 72
      Bootcampgirl says:

      In other news.. I need a sugardaddy. I’m tired of paying bills. I don’t mind paying car insurance and cable/satelite, but man….

      See my gravie.
      ______________
      :cosign:
      I feel your pain…

    73. 73
      OutsidetheBox says:

      420 cals. :no: 55% fat in that danish. For fukking shame. Glad I ate it before I looked. :hide:

    74. 74
      NaijaGal says:

      He did it.
      ==============
      :yes:

    75. 75
      luVn_liFe... says:

      jeniefrumdabloc says:Make ya not even want to have anymore kids cause we are definitely living in different days now
      YES MaaM
      Im on the fence NOW,Im ready mentally,but i am SO Frightful,TOO Much going on in the world in schools,Socially,evil WAlKs amongst us like Angels
      Kids having CANCERS More and More
      :|

    76. 76
      Diva says:

      :hug:
      OTB
      Boot
      Dimpz

    77. 77
      luVn_liFe... says:

      Man, I just don’t care™ says:

      These same two attorneys also defended notorious Cleveland serial killer Anthony Sowell, who was sentenced to death after the bodies of 11 women were found in his home and back yard
      ______________
      The phuck goin on in Cleveland??

      Yup he was in the SAME FUggiNG Neighborhood!

    78. 78
    79. 79

      Every time I see Diva… :rofl:

    80. 80
      MsB2u says:

      LOCK HIS ARSE UP AND THROW AWAY THE KEY

    81. 81
      NaijaGal says:

      :newpost: is up

    82. 82

      DUBBS! :2dance:

      Please tell she that got banned for no reason that I said hi and send my love

    83. 83
      cougar lover says:

      gone take more than a cute face to be a sugar baby.

    84. 84
      KayCeiSoul says:

      So you mean to tell me that one of these ladies neck is on :lock: because THIS burrito face bastid held her chained and captive, and these fonky fame seeking s.o.b.’s want to paint a pretty picture of this inhumane mo’fo?

      Where ever y’all are right now…move your head to the right. Now to the left. Now up. Now down. Good range of mobility right? IMAGINE not being able to do that chit!! :mad:
      That’s like having an eternal crook in your neck! That’s some BULL CHIT.
      :coffee:

    85. 85
      Who Dat says:

      I saw lil Jocelyn. She is beautiful. Dont mean that he didnt see Amanda as more beautiful/worthy than the others though for whatever reason. My bet is still on race and mental stability. Cause Michelle is white as well; so why would he beat her babies out of her but let Amanda’s baby live? Why Gina reporting that she has never been preggars? Just my theory.

    86. 86
      luVn_liFe... says:

      @Kc #84
      ur SO RIGHT

    87. 87
      Carrington says:

      He’s concerned about HIS doorter… Did having one of his own ever make him stop & think, “I get it now! #bingo! #Keno #Uno!… If I love MY doorter, the mothers and fathers of those broads chained up in the basement, probably have parents who feel the same way about them.”

    88. 88
      kahmmillion says:

      He got the idea from Gary Michael HEIDNIK. This sicko here held black women and did untold things to them. SMH. Heidnik is sicker than Castro.

    89. 89
      FuturedocDonte says:

      :offtopic:

      How is it that folk can drive off the lot or leave the DMV wit license plates that got triple 6’s… Ain’t no way in hell I would be :rules:

    90. 90

      So funny you mentioned Anthony Sowell Sandra! I knew him back in Cleveland and we were so stunned to learn what he had did!

    91. 91
      RAE23 says:

      FayMrsWhipfinityIfYewNassy :whip: says:

      Bedazzled His Razzle says:

      OutsidetheBox says:

      Yes the girls should have been smarter
      ________

      How?
      ———–
      By not getting in the car with him when he offered a ride.

      aww damn

      but lawd they still didn’t deserve to have their lives ruined for 10 years

      so all 3 girls did the same thing??

      <<<<<<<<<<

      Keep in mind that one of the girls was said to be best friends with Castro's daughter so…why wouldn't she accept a ride from her friends dad? :think:

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