For nearly a decade, Nancy Ruiz hoped against hope her daughter was still alive.
Today, she celebrates “the best Mother’s Day . . . ever” after a homecoming that – at last – brought the return of Gina DeJesus.
“This is the best Mother’s Day I could ever have,” Ruiz said, according to Reuters, following DeJesus’ escape from the Cleveland house of horrors in which she and three others were held captive by the accused, Ariel Castro.
DeJesus, now 23, was kidnapped at 14 while walking home from junior high school in 2004, and allegedly held in the basement of Castro’s Cleveland home, along with Amanda Berry, 27, and Michelle Knight, 32.
Berry escaped Monday, and phoned 911, leading to not only Castro’s arrest, but also the freedom of the two others — as well as the child Berry apparently bore while in captivity.
However, while this Mother’s Day proved joyous for Ruiz, the occasion is likely bittersweet for Berry, who lost her own mother during the 10 years she was held, and mothered a child, as well; police said DNA indicates the child was fathered by Castro.