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Horrific what these women endured, especially Michelle Knight who is now 31 and went missing when she was 20. Knight was the first kidnapping victim who suffered the most and for the longest number of years at the hands of this evil and deranged man. I hope she is able to find peace and fully recover from what she has gone through. I hope she is reunited with all of her family, especially her son. It doesn’t mention where he is or when or if she is planning to see him, but that she lost custody of him prior to her kidnapping.
It’s not clear where Michelle Knight is staying, but of the three she is the only one who has refused to return to her family home.
Michelle Knight is needing reconstructive surgery to her face. It is possible the way she looks could also be part of the reason she has refused to see her mother and her grandmother.
Knight is also said to have suffered hearing loss due to the abuse she endured, along with five forced miscarriages due to starvation and beatings over the years. Why Ariel Castro chose to treat her so much worse is not known, because he allowed Amanda Berry, 27, to carry her child to term, who is now six and was rescued with her mother and the two other women this week.
It was confirmed today that the six year old girl is the biological daughter of Ariel Castro and the other victim, Amanda Berry. Gina DeJesus, 23, the other victim is reported to have only suffered one miscarriage at the hands of Ariel Castro.
The Hollywood Gossip reports that, ”Michelle Knight, one of the three Cleveland kidnapping victims found alive earlier this week, has reportedly shunned her family following her rescue.
Knight had been missing for 11 years when she was found in a dungeon-like Cleveland house with Amanda Berry, 27, and Gina DeJesus, 23.
Knight had been in the house the longest and suffered brutal injuries at the hands of her captor, Ariel Castro, who is charged with rape and kidnapping.
But while the two other freed captives have returned home to cheering crowds and yards full of balloons, Knight did not enjoy a similar scenario.
Instead, the Cleveland kidnap victim has, according to reports, shunned her family for thinking she had just run away and failing to look for her.
Knight’s mother and grandmother have been to Cleveland this week since news of her rescue broke, but Michelle has kept both of them at bay.”
“No, we haven’t [seen her], on her request. She does not want to be seen by family,” said Deborah Knight, the victim’s grandmother, to ABC News.
Knight has opted for seclusion since her astonishing rescue.
The kidnap victim has not shunned her entire family. One of her two brothers, Freddie Knight, did have a chance to visit his sister in the hospital.
“Her skin was white as a ghost,” said Freddie Knight.
“She told me she was just excited to start a new life.”
That may be a long and painful process. It appears Michelle suffered immensely in captivity. Starvation, beatings and forced miscarriages were common.
Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty for the years of suffering and abuse Castro forced on his victims but also for the death of at least five babies that were killed through forced miscarriages, due to starvation and beatings.
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