Ohio man's ex-relatives describe abusive behavior

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Former relatives of a man accused of holding three women captive for a decade in his Cleveland home say he terrorized the mother of his children, beating her and locking her indoors.

Elida Caraballo is the sister of Grimilda Figueroa, who left Ariel Castro years ago and died last year. She spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday as did Monica Stephens, a daughter-in-law of Figueroa now living in Florida.

Caraballo says Castro shoved Figueroa into a cardboard box and ordered her to stay there.

Caraballo also says Castro startled her sister by jumping in front of her with a mannequin as she climbed stairs and she fell and injured her head.

Castro hid his face during his brief arraignment and didn't speak or enter a plea.


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