Beth Serrano VIDEO: Sister of Amanda Berry asks for privacy, thanks public for all the support
Beth Serrano, the sister of kidnapped victim Amanda Berry, has pleaded with the media for privacy while their family recover from the ordeal.
Berry was expected to speak to the press today about her ordeal, but instead Serrano issued a short statement outside of her home earlier this afternoon.
Amanda Berry arrived at her sister's home Wednesday, just two days after escaping her captor Ariel Castro's home. Dozens of media reporters waited outside her home for her arrival.
Berry and her 6-year-old daughter Jocelyn, who was conceived and born while she was in captivity, were shown on aerial television camera entering her sister's house through a back door.
The suspects involved in kidnapping Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight, who have all disappeared between 2002 and 2004, are expected to be charged for their horrendous crime by the end of the day.
Ariel Castro, 52, and his two brothers Pedro Castro, 54, and Onil Castro, 50, were arrested Monday shortly after the 3 victims were rescued.
Berry's sister Beth Serrano looked tearful and was trembling as she spoke briefly to the media just outside of her home. "At this time, our family would request privacy so my sister and niece and I can have time to recover. We appreciate all you have done for us for the past ten years. Please respect our privacy until we are ready to make our statement. And thank you."
Berry dramatically escaped Ariel Castro's home on Monday with the help of neighbor Charles Ramsey, who had heard her frantic cries for help and helped her escape from the house. Berry quickly escaped the home and ran to a neighbor's house to call 911, identifying herself.
When police arrived, they discovered two other girls who had gone missing for a decade – Gina DeJesus, who vanished in 2004 at the age of 14 and Michele Knight, 32, who disappeared age 20.
A thorough search of the house was carried out by investigators and no human remains were discovered.
All three women and Jocelyn were found malnourished and were taken to hospital after their rescue but were later deemed healthy.
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