Cleveland Man Who Kidnapped and Detained Three Women, Ariel Castro, Fit to Stand Trial

| by Amanda Schallert
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A man who allegedly raped and imprisoned three women in the basement of his Cleveland home for more than a decade has been denied the right to see his 6-year-old daughter and ruled mentally competent enough to stand trial.

Ariel Castro, 52, answered the questions of Judge Michael Russo concerning Castro’s recent mental evaluation at a hearing Wednesday. Castro then asked if he could visit his 6-year-old daughter, who was born to one of his alleged victims while she was held captive in his home, according to the NY Daily News.

Judge Russo said Castro would not be allowed contact with his daughter and that Castro’s mental evaluation showed he was able to understand the charges brought against him, according to NBC News.

Castro is charged with kidnapping three women between 2002 and 2004 and imprisoning them in his basement, where he raped and abused them.

The women were ages 14, 16, and 20 when he allegedly captured them.

Castro has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and a trial is tentatively set to take place in early August.

Sources: NY Daily News, NBC News