Michelle Knight to be 'adopted' by Gina DeJesus' family
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Michelle Knight to be 'adopted' by Gina DeJesus' family

Cleveland : OH : USA | May 12, 2013 at 7:47 AM PDT
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Michelle Knight (left)

Cleveland kidnapping victim Michelle Knight is about to be adopted by the family of fellow captive Gina DeJesus since she refuses to go back to her own family, the British tabloid Daily Mail reported.

Michelle Knight, one of the three young women held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade, was released from the hospital Friday.

She declined to meet with her mother but decided to go to Gina DeJesus’ house instead.

DeJesus family’s neighbor, Lupe Colins, told The Daily Mail Gina's parents Felix and Nancy have invited the 32-year-old to live with them.

“They’re going to take her in as their own family member and help her,” Collins said. “Michelle doesn’t want to go back to her own family because they abused her before she was kidnapped and they only want the money now.”

MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland confirmed Friday Knight was released from the hospital, but its officials didn’t want to say where she went. The hospital released a statement on Knight’s behalf:

“Michelle Knight is in good spirits and would like the community to know that she is extremely grateful for the outpouring of flowers and gifts. She is especially thankful for the Cleveland Courage Fund. She asks that everyone please continue to respect her privacy at this time.”

Knight’s decision not to see her mother left her family and relatives confused and upset. Barbara Knight, Michelle’s mother who lives in Florida, hired lawyer Jay Milano to assist her in reaching Michelle. Milano said Barbara’s main concern is that her daughter receives the support she needs.

“She’s just a mother whose daughter lived in a literal hell for years,” Milano said. “She’s just trying to help her. She just wants her in a safe place where mental health professionals can help her.”

Knight has a twin brother Freddie who was allegedly thrown out of the home 16 years ago as a 14-year-old teenager. He found out his sister was missing when he saw the news reports.

What makes Knight’s case different from others is that unlike the two other women, she had almost been forgotten. She was kidnapped in Aug. 2002, and Cleveland police removed her from the FBI missing people file only 15 months later. In addition, Knight was held the longest in captivity out of three women. Amanda Berry went missing in 2003 and Gina DeJesus in 2004.

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Mirjana Pantic is based in Illinois, Illinois, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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