Fund for freed Cleveland women near $500K

Fund for freed Cleveland women near $500K

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CLEVELAND, OH, - MAY 07: A general view of the exterior of the house where, on Monday, three women who had disappeared as teenagers approximately ten years ago were found alive on May 7, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Amanda Berry, who went missing in 2003, Gina DeJesus, who went missing in 2004, and Michele Knight, who went missing in 2002, were all found alive in the same house. Three suspects, all brothers, have been taken into custody. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on May 17, 2013 at 6:46 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — An official says a charity set up to help the three women freed from a decade of captivity in a Cleveland house has raised more than $480,000 so far.

Lynne Woodman of KeyBank tells The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/10V7Mh8 ) that there have been more than 5,100 donations to what has been named the Cleveland Courage Fund. She says donations have come all 50 states and several foreign countries.

The money will go into four trust funds established for the victims.

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight — along with Berry's 6-year-old child born in the house — were freed from the house on the city's west side last week.

Ariel Castro, the man accused of kidnapping and raping them, remains jailed under a suicide watch.

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