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Child found in US kidnap case is abductee's daughter: Authorities

CHICAGO (AFP) - A six-year-old child recovered from a home in the US city of Cleveland where three women missing for a decade were found is the daughter of one of the abductees, police said on Tuesday.

Police confirmed the girl was the daughter of Ms Amanda Berry, whose dramatic escape from their captors on Monday evening led to the discovery of the other two women, Ms Gina DeJesus and Ms Michele Knight.

Three brothers in their 50s have been arrested over the case.

Pedro Castro, 54, Ariel Castro, 52, and Oneil Castro, 50 have been taken into custody.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said there were still "several unanswered questions" about the case, and authorities stressed that as the investigation was ongoing, many facts could not be discussed.

The three women were found on Monday in a home in Cleveland, not far from where each went missing.

Ms Berry's screams for help led a neighbour to free her from the home, and thus prompted the discovery of the other two women, as well as Ms Berry's six-year-old daughter.

"Due to Amanda's brave actions, these three women are alive today," Cleveland police chief Michael McGrath told reporters.