Cleveland Councilman Bill Cummins says a police report states Michelle Knight was threatened with her life if Amanda Berry's baby didn't survive birth. She apparently was forced to assist with delivering the baby six years ago.
The women, missing for years, were found Monday in a Cleveland house with another woman who disappeared in the area named Gina DeJesus. School bus driver Ariel Castro is charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape.
Cummins says the report includes details about at least one of the women having multiple miscarriages due to the "savage" physical duress she was put under as a means of abortion.
Laura Cowan survived an abusive polygamous marriage for four years. She was beaten, tortured and mentally traumatized before she escaped. Now she counsels other victims who were held captive.
Cowan knows from experience why a victim doesn't run away even when given the opportunity to leave. She says victims can suffer from Stockholm Syndrome; they try to please the captor to survive.
Stressing the importance of speaking out and getting involved, Cowan credits her own escape to a stranger at the post office who recognized she was in trouble.
It was only after eight years of therapy that Cowan was able to regain her voice, share her story and help others. She tells Anderson Cooper that healing is possible, but takes time.
Editor’s Note: Tonight Anderson Cooper will be reporting live from Cleveland with the latest developments on the three long-missing women who were found alive in a home on the city’s west side.
Two of the three women who were rescued from a Cleveland home after being held captive for years returned to their own homes today. Amanda Berry and her 6-year-old daughter, who was born in captivity, heard cheers from the crowd that gathered to celebrate her return. A few hours later, a similar scene played out at Gina DeJesus’ home, where several family members stepped up to a microphone in front of the residence. Gina’s mother, Nancy, shared what she did when she was first reunited with her daughter. “I grabbed her and hugged her. I didn’t want to let go,” she said. “I still feel as if it is a dream. I still pinch myself.” A third women rescued, Michelle Knight, remains hospitalized. The rescue of these three women gives hope to families all across America searching for a loved one.
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Ashley Summers vanished in Cleveland six years ago and still remains missing. Her step-grandmother believes the teen, who would now be 20 years old, is still alive. Summers' family had hoped she was one of the women discovered in a Cleveland house on Monday, but Linda Summers tells Anderson Cooper that they'll continue to pray and hope she'll be found.
Ashley Summers' family questions whether her disappearance is connected to the three missing women found in a Cleveland house on Monday. Summers vanished on July 9, 2007 when she was 14 years old. About a month later, her mother received a phone call from her saying she was OK. Relief soon turned to fear; they never heard from her again. CNN's Gary Tuchman reports on the search for the young woman.
Anderson Cooper met a neighbor turned hero for an exclusive interview. By now, you’ve likely seen the video of a stunned but animated Charles Ramsey as he talked to a local TV station. He's the man who unknowingly ended a nightmare for three women and a child who are believed to have been held captive in a Cleveland house for years. Tonight on 360, he shares new details about how he saved them.
As Ramsey tells it, he was eating dinner when he heard screaming. He initially thought it was a domestic violence dispute. In the video that's gone viral, he told CNN affiliate WEWS that when he got on the porch, a girl begged for help. "I open the door. And we can't get in that way 'cause of how the door is, it's so much that a body can't fit through; only your hand."
Another man named Angel Cordero helped him break through the door to rescue Amanda Berry and a little girl. Berry went missing in 2003 on the eve of her 17th birthday. Ramsey thought she was dead.
Michelle Knight was 21 when she vanished in 2002 and Gina DeJesus was last seen in 2004 at age 14. All three women are safe now thanks to Ramsey's actions.
Gale Mitchell says she and her daughter prayed that Amanda Berry was still alive after the teen disappeared in 2003. "I just can't get over it," Mitchell tells Anderson Cooper about Berry's freedom from captivity. "My daughter just had a feeling she was still alive. So did I. You don't give up hope."
Berry and two other women, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus, had been missing for years. They were found together in a Cleveland home on Monday.
A neighbor named Charles Ramsey heard Berry's cries for help and set her free from the house. Ramsey says he never suspected anything suspicious and was shocked to learn what was happening behind closed doors.
In Berry's 911 call, she begs for help before her captor returns. She tells the dispatcher, "Help me! I'm Amanda Berry … I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for 10 years and I'm here. I'm free now … Are they on their way right now? … I need them now before he gets back."
Jeffrey Toobin and Mark Geragos analyze a judge's decision to grant accused murderer Oscar Pistorius bail.
Reeva Steenkamp's cousin says she has many questions about the night the model was killed in Oscar Pistorius' home. She spoke with CNN's Jake Tapper.
The judge who granted bail to Oscar Pistorius said the decision wasn't easy, but also cited errors by the prosecution. CNN's Randi Kaye reports.