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Amanda Berry's father, who lives in East Tenn., speaks out

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Cleveland, OH (FOX13) -

Police say these ladies in their teens and early 20's were all at the time literally chained up in a basement.  There were chains around their neck and waist.

Amanda Berry, Gina Dejesus and Michelle Knight are their names.  At least one of the girls gave birth to a child while being held.  The child is now six years old and was also freed from the home on Monday. 

Three brothers - Ariel, Pedro and Onil Castro are in custody this morning.

Robert Lowrey says, "the circumstances of three men holding them was unusual.  The cases we've seen in the past more often involve a husband and wife."

There are the families who have been hurting for a long time! 

Amanda Berry's father lives in East Tennessee.  He says his daughter called him and said, "hi, daddy, I'm alive," and told him she loved him. 

Berry says, "I didn't think she was dead, no, never."  He says he never gave up.  Amanda was "tomboy like, you know, she was real tough and humble."  Berry said they had posters in every bar window and every store window.  "There is no way to explain. Best thing that ever happened to me.  Best feeling I ever had.  We got a whole lot of talking."

Berry's advice for others is to "keep hope!  Keep hope!  Don't give up until you know because I never gave up because I know the kid's heart."

Charles Ramsey, the neighbor who helped free the women, says he heard screaming while eating his McDonald's.  He went to the home and saw Amanda Berry trying to escape and helped her kick the door open.

The brothers could be in court today.

FOX13 is following this story and will continue to bring you the latest developments as they come in.

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