Ohio women release statement; grateful for support and second chance

Posted at 12:58 PM, May 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-12 12:58:59-04


CNN– The three Cleveland women who police say were held captive for more than a decade at a home in the city are pleading for privacy.

That’s according to a statement from the women’s attorney Sunday.

Jim Wooley says the women will not give any interviews until the criminal case against suspect Ariel Castro is over.

Wooley says the women are grateful for all the support.

Amanda Berry says quote ‘Thank you so much for everything you’re doing and continue to do. I am so happy to be home with my family.’

Gina DeJesus says quote ‘I’m so happy to be home and I want to thank everyone for all your prayers. I just want time now to be with my family.’

Michelle Knight says quote ‘Thank you to everyone for your support and good wishes. I am healthy, happy and safe and will reach out to family, friends and supporters in good time.’

Ms. Berry, Ms. DeJesus, and Ms. Knight will not be participating in any interviews or speaking with any representatives of the media at this time

The 52-year-old Castro is jailed in Cleveland, charged with rape and kidnapping.

He’s charged with abducting the women and holding them captive inside a home in Cleveland for more than a decade.