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KlaasKids sends $6,000 to Cleveland kidnap victim

Michelle Knight, one of the three Cleveland, Ohio, women held captive for more than a decade, received a $6,000 grant from a fund established this year by child safety advocate Marc Klaas.

Klaas, who runs the Sausalito-based KlaasKids Foundation, said Knight received the first grant from the Klaas Family Housing Fund, launched in January to help provide housing for families that have been victims of child abductions.

The grant will pay Knight's rent for an undisclosed period of time, Klaas said, declining to elaborate because of "privacy concerns" for Knight.

Knight, 32, and two other women were rescued in May from a Cleveland house where they were imprisoned, raped and abused. Their accused captor, Ariel Castro, 53, faces 977 criminal charges.

Klaas said his foundation chose to assist Knight because "she was the one without a family to go to." News accounts have said that Knight is estranged from her mother, Barbara Knight.


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