Asked by ABC’s 20/20 what she would offer the accused kidnapper, DeJesus’ mother, Nancy Ruiz, said, “”I would hug him and I would say, ‘God bless you.’ I would say, ‘God bless you,’?? and I’d hug him. I did not hate him. I forgave him years ago. I said it: I?? forgive whoever done it, just let her go.”
Ruiz and Castro have known each other for years, having grown up in the same?? neighborhood.??They would even run into each other occasionally??with??Castro??always offering??support to Ruiz??and??asking her how she was holding up without DeJesus ??? all the while allegedly keeping her?? locked away as a sex slave.
But these disconcerting encounters and years with her daughter stolen away??are not enough, Ruiz said, for her to hate another person.
“When you start to hate a person, that eats you up,” she said. “I don’t have?? time for that. I have to be, you know, I want to be happy, like I am now.”
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