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Cleveland kidnapping victims forced into 5 pregnancies, sources say

1:40 PM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
These two photographs, courtesy of the FBI, show Amanda Berry, left, and Georgina DeJesus, who went missing as teenagers about a decade ago and were found alive Monday in a residential area of Cleveland. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
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Tom Meyer, WKYC-TV, Cleveland

CLEVELAND - The three women found safe Monday night in Cleveland were forced to have sex with their captors, resulting in up to five pregnancies, several police sources tell WKYC-TV, Cleveland.

One of those sources tells WKYC-TV that the captors would beat the pregnant girls. Both sources say the babies didn't survive.

Calls to the Cleveland Police Department were not immediately returned.

The sources cited by the TV station say it is unclear what happened after the pregnancies.

Police have arrested three men after the discovery of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight on Monday evening.

The men were identified as brothers, Ariel Castro, 52, the owner of the house and a former Cleveland school bus driver, Pedro Castro, 54, and Onil Castro, 50.

Investigators are going through the home for clues, including the backyard where they found "disturbed" dirt. The sources did not know whether that was related to the pregnancies.

Contributing: USA TODAY

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