Kidnapping victim Michelle Knight was human ‘punching bag,’ suffered vision loss
More details of violence and abuse surfaced on the Ohio kidnapping case on Thursday after an interview with a family friend of victim Michelle Knight’s. The unnamed source told CNN about Knight’s experience in the Cleveland dungeon home and how captor Ariel Castro, who pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges of kidnapping and rape, used Knight as his human “punching bag.” As a result, Knight has now suffered loss of vision and muscle damage.
According to Knight’s friend, Castro would strike Knight with hand weights and punch her in the stomach several times to force a miscarry. Police reports show that Knight was impregnated at least five times during her captivity in Castro’s 1,400-square-foot residence.
Castro is currently under suicide watch at the Cuyahoga County detention center.
Knight, 32, was one of three kidnapping victims who were discovered and rescued on May 6 by neighbor (and master storyteller) Charles Ramsey. If it weren’t for Ramsey, or his amazing tale to WEWS-TV, then we may never have known how the dramatic end to the tragic 10-year abduction of Amanda Berry, Michele Knight and Gina DeJesus unfolded.
After several days in the hospital, Knight was released and issued a statement to the press. “I am healthy, happy and safe and will reach out to family, friends and supporters in good time.”