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Cleveland kidnap victim Michelle Knight could be ‘adopted’ by Gina DeJesus’ family

Since being released from hospital Cleveland kidnap victim Michelle Knight has shunned her family, and has not spoken to her mother.

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Nancy Ruiz, the mother of Gina DeJesus who was held captive in an Ohio house of horrors for nine years, is hoping to 'adopt' Michelle Knight. (AFP/Getty Images)

Kidnap victim Michelle Knight is hoping to be 'adopted' by Gina DeJesus family, according to reports.

It follows revelations Knight has not spoken to her mother, Barbara, since she was released from captivity, and she has shunned her grandmother.

A friend of the DeJesus family said Gina's parents wanted the 30-year-old to live with them, and were planning to 'adopt' her, the Daily Mail reported.

"She was Georgina's sister for ten years in that house and she's still her sister now," friend Lupe Collins said.

"They're going to take her in as their own family member and help her. Michelle doesn't want to go back to her own family because they abused her before she was kidnapped and they only want the money now," Collins told the newspaper.

Unlike Amanda Berry and Gina, Knight spent her first days of freedom in a hospital bed being treated for physical and mental abuse.

Knight told police she endured five miscarriages caused by Ariel Castro allegedly assaulting her.

When she was released from an Ohio hospital on Friday she slipped away without seeing her family, a move which upset her mother who has hired a lawyer, the New York Daily News reported. 

"She is asking for her privacy at this time," MetroHealth Hospital said in a statement Friday.

"She asks that everyone please continue to respect her privacy at this time."

Hospital staff reportedly told Barbara Knight her daughter was not accepting visitors when she arrived at the hospital with flowers, lawyer Jay Milano said.

It is claimed Knight is upset that her family did not look for her she disappeared, ABC reported.

The families of the other two women held large awareness campaigns and vigils, but Knight's case was largely dismissed as a runaway case.

She was removed from the FBI's list of missing people after 15 months.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/130511/cleveland-kidnap-victim-michelle-knight-could-be