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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced preliminary DNA testing shows a Cleveland kidnapping and rape suspect is the father of the child of one of his alleged victims.

DeWine said DNA tests by the state's Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) show Ariel Castro is the biological father of the six year old girl born in captivity to one of the rape victims. The victim, Amanda Berry, is one of three women Castro is charged with abducting, raping and holding hostage in his Cleveland home for years.

The Attorney General's office received a copy of Ariel Castro's DNA Thursday afternoon. Forensic scientists worked overnight to establish the paternity. In addition to facing kidnapping, rape and attempted murder charges, prosecutors said yesterday they are considering the death penalty in the case against the Cleveland man. Castro allegedly starved and beat one of the victims while she was pregnant until she suffered a miscarriage.

Police say Castro, 52, lured each of the three women into his car in separate incidents in 2002, 2003 and 2004, He's charged with repeatedly raping them and holding them as prisoners in his Cleveland home for years. Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus and Berry and her child escaped from Castro's home on Monday.

At his initial court appearance yesterday, Castro was ordered held on a $8 million dollar bond.

In addition to testing for the paternity of Berry's child, the AG's office also compared Castro's DNA to other DNA profiles in the Combined DNA Index System. Castro's case did not match any other Ohio cases but national results are still pending.

Authorities have said that ultimately Castro could face hundreds of charges in the case.

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