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Where and/or how did Ariel Castro and Amanda Berry meet?
Amanda Berry was childhood friends with one of Ariel Castro's daughter.
Why did Ariel Castro and Amanda Berry break up?
Other Relationship Information about Ariel Castro and Amanda Berry:
Amanda Marie Berry went missing on April 21, 2003, one day before her 17th birthday. Berry was last heard from when she called her sister to tell her that she was getting a ride home from her job at a Burger King at West 110th Street and Lorain Avenue. The FBI initially considered Berry a runaway, until a week after her disappearance, when an unidentified male used Berry's cell phone to call her mother, saying "I have Amanda. She's fine and will be coming home in a couple of days."
On December 25, 2006, Amanda Berry gave birth to a daughter inside the house where the women were imprisoned. DNA evidence confirmed that Castro is the biological father of the child.
Knight, DeJesus, Berry, and Berry's 6-year-old daughter were discovered at Castro's home on May 6, 2013. According to police, when Castro left the house that day, Berry realized that he failed to lock the home's "big inside door", although the exterior storm door was bolted. She did not attempt to break through the outer door because "she thought [Castro] was testing her", according to the police report, so instead she screamed for help. Neighbor Angel Cordero responded to the screaming but was unable to communicate with Berry because he spoke little English. Another neighbor, Charles Ramsey, joined Cordero at the house's front door at some point during the rescue. A hole was kicked through the bottom of the storm door, and Berry crawled through, carrying her daughter; Cordero claimed to have kicked in the door alone, while Ramsey claimed it was a joint effort.
Ramsey said Berry told him that she and her child were being kept inside the house against her will. According to Ramsey, Berry was wearing a jumpsuit, a white tank top, rings, and mascara. He said she "didn't look like she was kidnapped". Upon being freed, she went to the house of another Spanish-speaking neighbor and called 9-1-1, saying, "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." Responding police officers entered Castro's house. As they walked through an upstairs hallway with guns drawn, they announced themselves as Cleveland police. After peeking out from a slightly opened bedroom door, Knight entered the hallway and leapt into an officer's arms, repeatedly saying, "You saved me." Soon afterward, DeJesus entered the hallway from another room. Knight and DeJesus walked out of the home, and all three women, plus the child, were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center. Berry and DeJesus were released from the hospital the next day. Knight was discharged on May 10.
In December 2006, Castro allegedly ordered Michelle Knight to assist in the birth of Berry's child, which took place in a small inflatable swimming pool, and threatened Knight with death if the baby did not survive. At one point, the baby stopped breathing, but Knight was able to resuscitate her. Castro occasionally took the child out of the house, including to visit his mother; the girl called Castro "daddy" and his mother "grandmother." In 2013, he showed one of his adult daughters a picture of the child and said that it was his girlfriend's daughter.