Cleveland Kidnap Suspect's Daughter 'Embarrassed, Disappointed'

Kidnap Suspect's Daughter 'Disappointed, Embarrassed'

Now watching

Next video starts in : 7 Play

Kidnap Suspect's Daughter 'Disappointed, Embarrassed'

The daughter of the lone Cleveland man accused of kidnapping and raping three women for a decade says she is "disappointed" and "embarrassed" by her father's alleged actions.

"[I'm] just mainly devastated about this whole situation," Arlene Castro, 22, said today on " Good Morning America."

READ MORE: Strange Twists, Missed Opportunities in Cleveland Kidnapping Case

Arlene Castro said she had not spoken to her father, Ariel Castro, since "late last month" and had "no idea" that her father, a 52-year-old former school bus driver, could have been the man who allegedly kidnapped and held three women - Amanda Berry, 27, Michele Knight, 32, and Gina DeJesus, 23 - against their will for about a decade.

Ariel Castro was charged Wednesday with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape.

"Me and my father were never really that close," said Arlene Castro, who now lives in Indiana. "Every time we would talk it would just be short conversations, just a hello, how are you doing and let me know if you need anything and that was it."

READ MORE: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus Return Home to Cheers

Police have made it clear they believe that each kidnap victim was "repeatedly sexually assaulted by the defendant," and that the abuse occurred "during the entire course of captivity," according to charging documents filed in court Wednesday.

They also believe the women were initially chained in the basement of the Cleveland home from which they escaped Monday after Berry managed to alert neighbors who got them out.

Arlene Castro, however, says she "never" witnessed any violence in her family's home. She also said she never saw Jocelyn, the 6-year-old girl delivered by Berry while she was held in captivity.

Jocelyn, police say, was the captive who had the most freedom. The 6-year-old left the house occasionally with the suspect, Cleveland Chief of Police Michael McGrath told ABC News. Police said they were conducting a paternity test and were not yet certain the baby was fathered by Castro.

"I have never met her before," Arlene Castro said on "GMA."

In a twist, Arlene was reportedly the last person to have seen one of the kidnapping victims, Gina DeJesus, her best friend at the time. In a 2005 interview with "America's Most Wanted" - a year after DeJesus disappeared - Arlene Castro said the two were walking together after school in April 2004 and separated after Arlene's mom told her to come home.

"My mom said, 'No,' I can't go over to [Gina's] house. I told her I couldn't. She said, Well, I'll talk to you later' and just walked," Arlene told "America's Most Wanted."

Now that her friend has been found, Arlene Castro has a message for her.

"I am absolutely so, so sorry," she said on "GMA," fighting back tears. "I really want to see Gina and I want you to meet my kids. I'm so sorry for everything."

ABC News' Russell Goldman contributed to this report.


View Comments (3571)

Recommended for You

  • 2 Trains Collide in Germany, 10 Dead, at Least 100 Injured

    Two morning commuter trains have collided in Bad Aibling in southern Germany, raising the death toll to 10 people and injuring more than 100 others, police said.The train manufacturer, Meridian, released a statement in German, saying two trains collided just after 7 a.m. today local time. One…

    Good Morning America16 mins ago
  • Baby Sloth Flies in Private Jet to New Home at National Aviary in Pittsburgh

    A baby sloth was recently flown on a private jet from a breeder in Florida to his new home at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The 3-month-old Linnaeus sloth "enjoyed the flight very much," National Aviary marketing coordinator Laura Smith told ABC News today. The tiny sloth,…

    Good Morning America22 mins ago
  • Slain Virginia Teen Discussed 'Her Boyfriend' Before Abduction, Friend Says

    A friend of the 13-year-old Virginia girl who was allegedly abducted and murdered last month said the teen had told her about an older "boyfriend" before she went missing. Nicole Lovell, 13, was found dead four days after going missing in late-January and Virginia Tech students David Eisenhauer,…

    Good Morning America34 mins ago
  • Husband Settles Bed-Hogging Debate With Laser Down the Middle

    If your significant other hogs the bed, this man has a solution: Set up a laser down the middle.Jon Nagel, of Dallas, Texas, posted this hilarious photo to Reddit where it’s now going viral with nearly 1 million views. The caption reads, “In our house there is no debate, ONLY DATA.”He said he…

    Good Morning America56 mins ago
  • Brie Larson Hasn't Seen or Spoken to Her Dad in 10 Years

    Brie Larson is up for an Oscar for her emotionally-wrenching performance of a woman held captive in a garden shed for seven years in the film "Room."Some of the inspiration for her performance, the 26-year-old actress told Elle in a new interview, comes from her own life and difficult childhood.…

    Good Morning America59 mins ago
  • Zika Virus Outbreak Updates: Florida Expands State of Emergency to 7th County

    As the Zika virus outbreak continues, including in wide swaths of Central and South America, concerns are growing, especially for pregnant women, because the mosquito-borne virus has been linked with a serious birth defect called microcephaly, characterized by an abnormally small head and brain. …

    Good Morning America
  • Incredible Footage Shows Pedestrian Tripping Suspect as He's Running From Police

    Officers were on patrol in Kingston, United Kingdom, on Saturday when they were made aware of a report of two males dealing drugs, police said in a statement. The officers chased one of the suspects through the town center "when they received some unexpected assistance from a member of the…

    Good Morning America
  • 'Serial' Convict Adnan Syed's Hearing Wrapping Up

    Lawyers trying to get a new trial for Adnan Syed, the convicted killer at the center of hit podcast “Serial,” and the state attorneys who are hoping to keep him behind bars are making their closing arguments today after resting their respective cases in Syed's bid for a retrial. Syed’s lawyers --…

    Good Morning America
  • Behind the Scenes of ‘Fresh Off the Boat’

    Yang, together with 11-year-old Forrest Wheeler, who plays Emery, and Ian Chen, 9, as Evan, had to get up to speed on the pop culture of the mid-1990s, when the sitcom is set. "I probably had to learn, a lot, too, like, about the rap music, about the culture," Yang said. ABC News’ Chris Connelly…

    Good Morning America
  • Jeb Bush's Fall (or Maybe Rise)

    On the eve of today’s New Hampshire presidential primary, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush finished his day at the Frank Jones Center on the seacoast, the same locale where another unlikely GOP contender, John McCain, once hosted his final town hall in a state that he ultimately won eight…

    Good Morning America
  • Officers Give Basketball Hoop to Neighborhood Kids Playing Without Backboard

    Three Ohio police officers gave a big assist Friday night when they gave neighborhood children a new basketball hoop. "This was something that was basically from their hearts," Chief Jim Toles of the Lockland Police Department in Lockland, Ohio, told ABC News. Toles said that Officers Drew Jones,…

    Good Morning America
  • Teresa Giudice Reveals Why She Doesn't Blame Her Husband for Her Prison Term

    In her first live TV interview since being released from prison, Teresa Giudice said she does not blame her husband, Joe Giudice, for the couple’s legal troubles. “No, I don’t,” Giudice, 42, said today on “Good Morning America” when asked if she held Joe responsible. The “Real Housewives of New…

    Good Morning America
  • Zika Virus Outbreak: Consumer Reports Shares Best Zika-Fighting Repellents

    With concern surrounding the Zika virus at an all-time high, Consumer Reports has re-released its exclusive ratings of mosquito repellents that best protect against the mosquitoes that spread the virus. Officials Monday announced that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emergency…

    Good Morning America
  • UCLA Gymnast's Floor Routine Goes Viral With Dab, Nae Nae Moves

    One gymnast is tumbling into Facebook glory with more than 22 million views on her epic hip-hop-themed floor routine.Sophina DeJesus, a senior at UCLA, nailed her floor routine versus Utah with moves that would make even Beyoncé proud. She struts, she dabs and she Nae Naes in her shiny silver and…

    Good Morning America
  • Marco Rubio Believes He Must Be ‘Doing Something Right’

    Sen. Marco Rubio today brushed off recent attacks by his GOP rivals, saying he must be "doing something right," and expressing confidence despite what he called the "unusual set up" in today’s New Hampshire primary. Despite Christie's attacks, Rubio believes he had "a very strong debate," and…

    Good Morning America
  • John Kasich’s New Hampshire Primary Day Prediction: ‘We’re Going to Finish Very Strong’

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich, whose campaign has maintained a laser-like focus on performing well in today’s New Hampshire primary, declined to predict exactly how he would place once all the votes are counted here, but sounded a note of confidence in an interview today on "Good Morning America.""We’re…

    Good Morning America
  • Hong Kong 'Fish Ball Revolution' Erupts in Violent Crackdown

    Violent clashes erupted overnight in Hong Kong after protesters defended unlicensed food vendors, set up for Chinese New Year celebrations, from being shut down by police. The group said on its official Facebook page that its candidate for local council, Edward Leung Tin-kei, had been arrested.

    Good Morning America