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Cleveland suspect's mother says her son sick, asks forgiveness of victims

The mother of the Cleveland kidnapping suspect says her son is sick.

Lilian Rodriguez, the mother of Ariel Castro, said outside her home in Cleveland on Thursday that she is suffering and had nothing to do with the abductions.

“I ask for forgiveness from those mothers, that the girls will forgive me,” she told Telemundo in Spanish.

Castro, 52, is accused of holding the three women captive for a decade, before one of them broke free Monday night and called for help. A judge ordered him held Thursday on $8 million bond.

Investigators told NBC News after searching Castro’s home that they had found a suicide note that Castro wrote in 2004. In the note, he said that he had been abused as a child.

A Cleveland police report described a horrific captivity for the three women, including beatings and rape.

The mother spoke only briefly on Thursday and asked to be left alone.

“I have a son who is sick who has committed something serious,” she said.

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A daring escape and a dramatic 911 call led to the rescue of three women who allegedly had been held captive for years inside a home in Cleveland, Ohio.


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