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CLEVELAND -- A woman who had two children with Ariel Castro accused him of severely beating her and repeatedly threatening to kill her and her children, according to court records obtained by Channel 3 News.

Castro was arrested Monday in connection with the discovery of three Cleveland women who were abducted between 2002 and 2004.

Grimilda Figueroa filed a domestic violence petition in Aug. 2005 against Castro. It was accompanied by a temporary civil protection order ordering Castro to stay away from her and her three children.

In the petition, Figueroa alleged that Castro had broken her nose twice, broken her ribs, knocked out a tooth, caused a blood clot on her brain that caused an inoperable tumor, and dislocated her shoulder twice.

Castro also threatened to kill Figueroa as well as her two daughters three to four times in 2005, the file noted. The most recent time was four days before the petition was filed.

Figueroa had full custody of the children with no visitation rights at the time, the file says.

"Nevertheless, Respondent (Castro) frequently abducts daughters and keeps them from mother," the petition says.

Figueroa had previously filed a criminal case against Castro in 1993, but court records show that case was no billed by a Cuyahoga County grand jury.

Court records show that the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office attempted to serve a hearing notice on Castro at the Cleveland School bus depot on Ridge Road but he was no longer working at that address.

A deputy also knocked on Castro's Seymour Avenue home three times with no response, the records indicate.

Castro later acknowledged receipt of the civil protection order on Sept. 13, 2005, records show.

The case was later dropped because Figueroa's attorney did not appear for a  hearing. Figueroa had 14 days to object to the temporary protection order being rescinded. She did not.

Channel 3 News also learned that Castro was fired from his job as a bus driver in November, 2012 for leaving his bus unattended in a fire lane at Scranton School, according to his disciplinary file from the Cleveland Municipal School District.

Castro told school officials that his route was cancelled that day so he walked to his nearby home. It was the fourth serious infraction for Castro. He was suspended previously for leaving an unattended student on the bus he was driving, for making an illegal U-turn during rush hour traffic with a bus full of students and for using a school bus to go grocery shopping.

Police attempted to speak with Castro at his Seymour Avenue home in 2004 after he left a student in the bus, but officials say Castro did not answer the door. They later interviewed him at another location.

In that incident, Castro was driving the student to school in the afternoon but he failed to escort the child into the building, according to a 2004 Cleveland Police report.

Instead, the student stayed on the bus as Castro drove to a Wendy's restaurant, the report notes. When he discovered the student, Castro told the child to "lay down, bitch" and then went inside the restaurant for lunch.

The student remained in the bus. Castro returned to the bus after lunch and drove around "for a while" before finally taking the student to school, the report notes.

A subsequent exam at University Hospital did not find the child was sexually assaulted.

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