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Last of Cleveland kidnap victims out of hospital, said to be in good spirits

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Michelle Knight, pictured before she disappeared in 2002, left the hospital today.

The last of the three Cleveland women kidnapped and held captive for a decade left the hospital Friday.

The woman, Michelle Knight, had been getting mental health treatment after she was freed Monday, her mother said earlier this week. It was not clear where she was going after leaving the hospital.

Knight, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry, along with a 6-year-old daughter whom Berry bore in captivity, were freed Monday night after what authorities said was a decade of imprisonment.

Of the three, Knight was reported missing first, in August 2002. Berry disappeared in 2003 and DeJesus in 2004. Ariel Castro has been charged with kidnapping all three women and is being held on $8 million bond.

Knight, now 32, told investigators that Castro impregnated her at least five times, and starved her and punched her in the stomach until she miscarried, according to a Cleveland police report.

Knight also said that Castro had forced her to deliver Berry’s baby, and threatened to kill her if the baby died, according to the report.

Earlier Friday, the hospital said Knight was in good spirits and grateful for an outpouring of flowers and gifts but needed privacy.

Berry and DeJesus went home Wednesday.

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