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article imageThree girls imprisoned in Tucson home for two years

By Phyllis Smith Asinyanbi     Nov 27, 2013 in Crime
Tucson - Three girls, ages 12, 13 and 17, were reportedly imprisoned in a Tucson, Ariz., home for two years. The mother, Sophia Richter, 32, and stepfather, Fernando Richter, 34, have both been arrested and booked into the Pima County Jail.
Charges against the stepfather include kidnapping, sexual abuse of a minor and physical and emotional child abuse. The mother has been charged with kidnapping, as well as physical and emotional child abuse.
The girls were discovered after the youngest two ran to a neighbor's house alleging the stepfather tried to assault them with a knife.
Authorities said the children were malnourished and had not bathed for months. They told law enforcement that for the past two years, they had not seen their oldest sister.
Then the 17-year-old sister was found, locked in a separate bedroom from where the younger sisters had been held captive.
Tucson police Capt. Michael Gillooly said, "They were kept in filthy living conditions," and malnourished.
Gillooly stated, “It was alleged by the little girls that they had been imprisoned in their bedrooms for approximately the last two years."
A neighbor who lived in the area for five years told authorities there was no visible activity in the house, but other neighbors told her they had heard children playing inside the house at night.
The girls' names have been withheld, and they have been removed from the home.
Police removed a computer and other evidence from the house.
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