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Cleveland victims in contact since rescue

In an effort to prevent vandalism and preserve evidence, crews continue work on boarding up the house of Ariel Castro, who is accused of imprisoning and abusing three women inside the home for about a decade. NBC's Ron Mott reports from Cleveland, Ohio.

Two of the three women held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade have been in contact since their rescue, NBC News has learned.

Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who police say spent nine years together in captivity before the were freed Monday, have spoken since Knight was released from the hospital yesterday. 

Special agent Vicki Anderson, of the FBI's Cleveland division, was at the hospital to greet the newly freed victims saved from the Cleveland home.

Knight, DeJesus and Amanda Berry, along with a 6-year-old daughter whom Berry bore in captivity, were discovered Monday night after Berry drew the attention of a neighbor. Ariel Castro has been charged with kidnapping all three women and is being held on $8 million bond.

Of the three, Knight was reported missing first, in August 2002. Berry disappeared in 2003 and DeJesus in 2004. Berry and DeJesus went home from the hospital Wednesday; Knight was hospitalized to receive mental health treatment, her mother said.

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.

A spokesperson for the women will release a statement to the media at 10 a.m. Sunday.

NBC News' Erin McClam contributed to this report.

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