Experts say death penalty unlikely but not impossible for Ariel Castro in Cleveland kidnapping case

Castro punched one woman to induce miscarriage

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Experts say the death penalty is unlikely, but not legally impossible for Ariel Castro, who is accused of holding three Cleveland women captive and punching one to induce a miscarriage.

Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty has said he's weighing capital charges against Ariel Castro, who's accused of imprisoning Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus in his house for a decade while beating and sexually assaulting them.

Knight said she was impregnated at least five times by Castro, who reportedly would abort each baby by punching her in the stomach until she miscarried.

McGinty says capital punishment must be reserved for crimes that are the worst examples of human conduct.

Several experts agree no one is on death row nationally for killing a fetus alone.

Case Western University law professor Michael Benza says proof will be a challenge, especially because no human remains have been found at Castro's property.

Castro's attorney has said he'll plead not guilty.

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