CLEVELAND (LA Times) — A girl found in the house where three women were held after they were separately abducted about a decade ago is believed to be the daughter of the one of the victims, police said on Tuesday.
The child, described as about 6 years old, is believed to be the daughter of Amanda Berry, the woman whose frantic call to police Monday led to the rescue of three women held for years in a house in Cleveland. Three brothers have been arrested in the case and will be charged, officials said.
The girl was among those who lived at the house, Cleveland Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba said at the televised news conference. He declined to answer any questions about who the father is.
“The real hero here is Amanda,” said Tomba, who described how Berry called authorities and helped lead her fellow captives, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, out of the house, ending an ordeal that lasted about a decade.
“Our prayers have been answered,” Stephen D. Anthony, FBI special agent in charge of the Cleveland office, told reporters. “The nightmare is over.”
Officials said they will continue their investigation, soliciting tips from the community near downtown Cleveland where the women were held. Interviews with the victims still have to be conducted before the case is sent to the grand jury and the brothers are formally charged.