Ariel Castro’s kids were horrified this week after learning their father could be responsible for kidnapping and raping Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, and holding them captive in a house of horrors for about 10 years.
Castro, who has four adult children with ex wife Grimilda Figueroa, and a 6-year-old with victim Berry, was arrested earlier this week after Amanda’s dramatic escape on Monday.
Three of the kids, Arlene Castro, Angie Gregg and Anthony Castro, have spoken to the media about the case, while Emily Castro is behind bars serving a 25-year sentence for attempting to kill her 11-month-old daughter.
While Arlene told ABC News she was "disappointed" and "devastated" by the news, and Angie insisted to CNN, “He is dead to me,” the women reportedly went into more detail while speaking with their aunt, Elida Caraballo (Grimilda’s sister).
Caraballo told the Daily Mail, “He used his kids to get to their friends… they're disgusted by it. I've spoken to Angie. She's traumatized that her dad did this. She's like: ‘We're eating dinner and you have those girls in that house?’”
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She continued, “Angie says he needs to rot in hell in jail. Rosie [the family name for Arlene] is the one that says death.”
Son Anthony seems to agree with Angie. He told the Daily Mail of Berry, “If it's true that he took her captive and forced her into having sex with him and having his child and keeping her hidden and keeping them from sunlight, he really took those girls' lives.”
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He added, “He doesn't deserve to have his own life anymore. He deserves to be behind bars for the rest of her life. I'm just thankful they're alive.”
Berry, DeJesus and Knight were abducted between 2002 and 2004, apparently after they accepted a ride from Castro.
Knight was just released from the hospital on Friday, while the other two women have been with their families for a few days.