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Ariel Castro Under Suicide Watch, Flossing With Loose Strings From Floor Mat

By Chuck Sudo in News on May 14, 2013 4:00PM

Ariel Castro (Mugshot via Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office)

Cleveland kidnapping and rape suspect Ariel Castro spends his days in jail on 24-hour suicide watch, occasionally walking around his jail cell naked and flossing with loose strings from the floor mat in his cell.

That’s according to reports from Cleveland ABC News affiliate WEWS-TV and NBC News affiliate WKYC-TV. WKYC reports guards at the Cuyahoga County Jail monitor nearly all of Castro’s moves every 10 minutes and log his activity. WEWS reports Castro “is not allowed to receive personal visitors, make telephone calls or receive outside mail,” although he has been visited by Cleveland police detectives investigating the case, his attorneys, and the jail nurse, who checks his blood sugar regularly.

Castro’s time in jail is mainly spent sleeping or staring at the bunk above him, but he has complained about his jail cell being too cold, was once spotted drinking Kool-Aid while staring in the mirror of his cell, and was ordered not to use loose strings from his floor mat to floss between his teeth. Jail officials have even gone as far as to physically remove loose strings from his mat.

Castro is being held under $8 million bond for allegedly kidnapping and raping Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight during a 10-year period. DNA tests conducted by the Ohio Attorney General’s office last week confirmed Castro is the father of Amanda Berry’s 6-year-old daughter. Ohio Attorney general Mike DeWine said they may seek the death penalty against Castro if murder charges related to the miscarriages he caused while the women were in captivity are brought against him.

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