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Amanda Berry Returns Home, Family Asks For Privacy

8:50 PM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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Cleveland, OH-- For the first time in almost 10 years, Amanda Berry accompanied by a 6-year-old daughter fathered by her captor returned Wednesday to her sister's home, which was covered with balloons, flowers, teddy bears and a huge sign proclaiming : "Welcome home, Amanda."

It was Berry's first sight of the modest, two-story home since she disappeared on April 21, 2003 - a day before her 17th birthday - after telling her sister she was getting a ride home from her job at a Burger King.

Berry, who arrived at the home in a convoy escorted by police, planned to make a few public remarks to reporters, but would not be answering any questions.

Berry, and two other women, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, were freed Monday after being held captive for almost a decade. Three suspects have been arrested in connection with their abduction.

Berry has been with her family at an undisclosed location since her release. In a conversation with her grandmother in Tennessee, which reporters observed, Amanda said the 6-year-old was her daughter, born on Christmas day.

"What a relief to us all as a community that they are finally home and thank God that they are alive," said Cleveland police Cmdr. Thomas McCartney, who cautioned the news media to be "respectful" and remain on the opposite curb from the home.

Police have said they were delaying any intense debriefing ofthe victims until they could be adjusted to their unexpected freedom.

Police Chief Michael McGrath said Wednesday that the three victims, during their ordeal, had been "bound and there were chains and ropes in the hall."

Police spokesman Sammy Morris also confirmed that the restraints were among evidence collected by law enforcement officials who've been combing through the house.

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