The first picture of Michelle Knight, before she was kidnapped, has been released as it’s reported that she has hearing damage and facial injuries from years of abuse while in captivity. Keep reading for all the harrowing details.
Michelle Knight, 32, who vanished in 2002, is reportedly suffering from hearing loss and facial bone injuries after years of physical abuse, endured while trapped inside the home of Ariel Castro. On May 6, Michelle was found in the home with two other women, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, as well as a 6-year-old girl.
Michelle Knight: First Picture
Before Michelle was taken into captivity, she reportedly lost custody of her baby son, who was taken by child services. Authorities initially believed that Michelle had fled following the sad ordeal.
“Certain people said she didn’t want nothing to do with me but still in my heart I thought no, because I knew my Michelle. They figured she just left because of the baby and everything. [Police] told me if she breaks the law or they spot her, they’ll let me know – but nothing happened. I don’t want her to think that I forgot about her. Hopefully whatever happened between us, if something did – I hope it heals because I really want to take her back to Florida with me,” Michelle’s mother, Barbara Knight, told the Today show on May 8.
Michelle & Barbara Will Reunite
Barbara left her home in Naples, Florida on May 7 to reunite with her daughter in Cleveland, Ohio.
Upon reuniting, Barbara will introduce Michelle to her half-sister, who she’s never met, 10-year-old Katie.
Michelle Knight Rescued After 10 Years In Captivity
Amanda made a call to authorities on Monday, May 6, after getting some assistance from a neighbor who heard her cries for help. Gina, missing since April 2, 2004, and Michelle were also in the house.
Ariel, who owns the house, was arrested. His two brothers, Onil and Pedro, were also arrested.
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