Survivor of 10 years’ captivity joins abduction alert group


CLEVELAND, OH – MAY 09: Members of the Guardian Angels stand outside the home of kidnap victim Gina DeJesus on May 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Ariel Castro was arraigned on rape and kidnapping charges for abducting DeJesus, Michelle Knight and Amanda Berry and holding them for about 10 years. No charges were filed against […]

CLEVELAND (AP) — One of three survivors from being kidnapped and held for years in a Cleveland house has joined a child abduction alert system committee in northeast Ohio.

Gina DeJesus was abducted and held captive for 10 years by Ariel Castro. She escaped DeCastro’s house in May 2013 along with fellow captives, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight. Castro was sentenced to life in prison a few months later and hanged himself in his prison cell.

WJW-TV in Cleveland reports that DeJesus has joined the Northeast Ohio Amber Alert Committee. The Amber Alert system is activated to engage communities to look for children believed to have been abducted and their alleged abductors.

Northeast Ohio Amber Alert is a cooperative effort between local area law enforcement, radio and television stations and other organizations.

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