WKYC reported police reports stating that one of the women who was impregnated five times was ”starved [...] for at least two weeks, then he repeatedly punched her in the stomach until she miscarried.”
Samuel Casey, the general counsel for the Law of Life Project, also thinks murder charges could be brought against Castro for these actions.
“If as reported Ariel Castro starved and then kicked a pregnant Michelle Knight resulting in her miscarrying five children, Castro should be charged with aggravated and felonious assault against Knight and aggravated murder of her children. I trust the grand jury will be investigating all such possible charges,” Casey told LifeNews.
Here’s more from LifeNews on the laws Casey believes could allow for murder charges to be brought against Castro:
Casey says Ohio adopted a state law in 2002 that includes unborn children under murder, manslaughter, and assault statutes in non-abortion cases where they are killed, such as in this case.Casey also thinks the federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which recognizes the “child in utero” as a legal victim if he or she is injured or killed during the commission of any of 68 existing federal crimes of violence, could also come into play.
McGinty said that Castro would be charged for every single act of sexual violence, assault and other crimes committed against the women, suggesting the charges could number in the hundreds, if not thousands.
In court Thursday, authorities laid out more of their case against Castro, saying he lured the women into his car, beat them repeatedly over a decade and used them “in whatever self-gratifying, self-serving way he saw fit,” as prosecutor Brian Murphy put it.