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Updated: 5/08/2013 4:23 pm
(NBC News) The Cleveland man charged with holding three women captive for a decade impregnated one of them five times and punched her in the stomach until she miscarried, police said Wednesday in a chilling report on the kidnappings.

The man forced one of his captives, Michelle Knight, to deliver the baby of another captive, Ashley Berry, in a kiddie pool, and threatened to kill Knight if the baby died, police said.

The Cleveland city prosecutor charged the man, Ariel Castro, with four counts of kidnapping - one for each of the three women and one for a baby that was born to Berry six years ago. Castro was also charged with three counts of rape.

But authorities filed no charges against two of Castro's brothers who were arrested Monday night, after Berry escaped the house with the help of a neighbor. Authorities said they had no evidence that the two brothers, Pedro and Onil Castro, were involved.

-- Sarah Dallof, NBC News, reports



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