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Michelle Knight, Cleveland kidnapping victim, returns to home of captor Ariel Castro, report says

Kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro, accused in the abduction of three women recently freed in Cleveland, Ohio, is seen in a mugshot photo, May 9, 2013. Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department

Michele Knight, right, with a neighbor across the street from the former home of convicted kidnapper Ariel Castro, which Knight returned to on Friday, Aug. 2, 013.
Catherine Adames
(CBS/AP) --Cleveland kidnapping victim Michelle Knight returned Friday morning to the home where she was held captive for 11 years, CBS affiliate WOIO reports.

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Knight, 32, escaped from the home of her captor Ariel Castro in May along with Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus. Castro was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole following an emotional day of testimony. Knight herself addressed Castro, telling him, "Your hell is just beginning."

Knight arrived at the home with a small group, but didn't go inside, WOIO reports. She reportedly thanked neighbors for their help in the dramatic rescue.

READ: Full text of victim impact statements from Michelle Knight, Beth Serrano and Sylvia Colon

Berry and her father were at the home on Tuesday, and DeJesus has also returned there, reports the station.

The home, which prosecutors said was modified and strewn with chains and padlocks in order to keep the women captive, is set to be demolished.

Castro will start his life term in prison isolated from other inmates.

A spokeswoman for Ohio's prisons department says Ariel Castro won't go into general population once he enters the prison system. She says it's for his own protection because of his high profile case.

Castro remained in jail Friday. He will undergo medical and mental health evaluations after arriving in prison.

PICTURES: Ariel Castro sentenced to life without parole

Castro made a deal with prosecutors that spared him from a possible death sentence before admitting to imprisoning the women in his home.

He has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, kidnapping and rape.

Complete coverage of the Cleveland kidnapping case on Crimesider

  • Erin Donaghue

    Erin Donaghue covers crime for CBSNews.com's Crimesider.

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