Castro, who held three female captives until one of them finally escaped and informed authorities, was found hanging in his prison cell at approximately 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient – a town that is south of Columbus, Ohio. Medical staff at the facility performed CPR on Castro prior to his being taken to a hospital where he was ultimately pronounced dead at approximately 10:50 p.m. The official word of his death came shortly after midnight on Tuesday from Jo Ellen Smith who is the spokesperson for the Ohio’s Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
According to Smith, the spokesperson, Castro was not on suicide watch – which requires constant monitoring of a prisoner - but was monitored every 30 minutes while he was in protective custody. He was in protective custody due to the notoriety of his criminal case.
Prior to prison, Castro was incarcerated in the Cuyahoga County Jail after his arrest, and before his case was settled with a guilty plea. In the County Jail, his activity was monitored every 10 minutes. It was in early June while he was in the County Jail that he was removed from the suicide watch as officials felt he was not at risk of committing suicide.
Jaye Schlachet said early Wednesday that Castro’s lawyers asked to have a psychological exam of Castro performed while he was at the Cuyahoga County Jail, but that request was denied. He said, other than that, he could not comment further.
As for Castro’s victims, they disappeared individually between 2002 and 2004 – as 14, 16, and 20-year-olds. When Amanda Berry – one of the victims – broke a portion of a door and pleaded to neighbors for help, the women escaped on May 5 from Castro’s home in Cleveland.
After Castro told a judge that he was not a monster but, instead, a man suffering from a pornography addiction, he was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years on Aug. 1, 2013. Castro and Berry had a baby girl during the captivity ordeal. The girl is now 6 years old.