The man accused of kidnapping and holding three teenage girls captive in Ohio could face the death penalty if he is found guilty of new charges that prosecutors plan to bring against him.
The charges include the murder of unborn children.
Ariel Castro, 52, who is charged with four counts of kidnapping and three of rape made his first court appearance earlier today in front of TV cameras.
The judge imposed a $2 million bail bond on each count made against Castro - which totals $8 million.
Cleveland Municipal Court heard claims Castro held Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight in separate rooms, allowing them to leave the house just twice over the 10 year period.
Afterwards his mother, Lillian Rodriguez, told reporters her son was "sick" and asked forgiveness from the women held captive for all those years.
– Ariel Castro's mother Lillian Rodriguez
I'll tell you. I have a sick son who has committed something very grave. I'm suffering very much. I ask forgiveness to those mothers, may those young ladies forgive me.
I suffer because they suffered. I'm suffering over my son's pain. My son is sick and I have nothing to do with what my son did.
Initially, Castro's two brothers, Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50, were also arrested as suspects, but investigators determined they had no knowledge of the abductions or that the women were being held captive.