Michelle’s grandmother, Deborah Knight, confirmed the information, telling 19 Action News: “When she was severely beaten, he had beat her so bad in the face, she has to have facial reconstruction, and she’s lost hearing in one ear.”
Records obtained by Carl Monday investigations show Michelle may have faced physical abuse before she was kidnapped. Records show David Feckley was charged and convicted in the early 2000’s of child endangerment, for breaking Michelle’s infant son’s arm. He served eight years in prison. But a rape charge was dropped when the alleged victim, Michelle, couldn’t be found. Of course, now we know where she was: on Seymour Avenue.
Michelle wasn’t seeing visitors Thursday, not even her family. Yesterday, her mom, in from Naples, Florida, met with Michelle briefly at the hospital. But a relative told us the meeting was strained, and Michelle asked her mom to leave.
Meanwhile, main suspect Ariel Castro is confirmed to be the father of Amanda Berry’s child through DNA testing, according to the state of Ohio. He may face the death penalty for the crimes; despite initial reports suggesting otherwise, police say his brothers were not involved.