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(May 8) Today's top headlines - One man charged, as Cleveland kidnap victims return home


It's been more than 24 hours since three grown women and a 6-year-old child were rescued from a home in Cleveland where they were being held hostage.

Authorities say the three women are in good health, while hailing Amanda Berry as a hero for having the courage to escape more than 10 years of captivity.

According to a CNN report, the owner of a Cleveland home where three women were rescued from a decade in captivity has been charged with kidnapping and rape, but his brothers had nothing to do with the case, authorities announced Wednesday.

Ariel Castro, a 52-year-old former school bus driver, has been charged with three counts of rape and four counts of kidnapping, City Chief Assistant Prosecutor Victor Perez said.

Police say they have found no evidence that Castro's two brothers, who were also arrested on Monday, were involved in the abduction of Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus.

Knight had been missing since 2002, Berry since 2003 and DeJesus since 2004. It is said Berry gave birth to her now 6-year-old daughter while in captivity.

In a statement earlier this morning, Berry's sister Beth Serrano said, "We are so happy to have Amanda and her daughter home. I want to thank the public and media for their support and courage over the years."

City officials said ropes and chains have been found inside the home. While Public Safety Director Martin Flask said investigators haven't confirmed how the ropes and chains were used, police Chief Michael McGrath told NBC's "Today" that they were used to restrain the missing women.