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Police: Three girls held captive, mother and step-father arrested

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Police: Three girls held captive, mother and step-father arrested

CREATED Nov. 26, 2013 - UPDATED: Nov. 27, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson Police are investigating what they call a case of child abuse and imprisonment.

Chief Villaseñor spoke Wednesday morning about the child abuse case and the investigation that began yesterday in the 2800 block of North Estrella Avenue.

Three girls reported being held captive in their home near Glenn and Stone, for up to two years.

During the news conference on Wednesday morning, Chief Villaseñor said that when the girls were reunited last night, it appeared to detectives they had not seen each other in quite some time.

The bedrooms where the girls were allegedly kept were next to each other, said Villaseñor. The girls were questioned separately and all had the same story.  Detectives overwhelmingly believe were they are telling the truth.

Chief Villaseñor also said that there were towels stuffed under doors and the duct-work sealed off.  There was constant loud music playing inside the 17-year-old's room.  The rooms were the girls were kept were under contact surveillance.

During the news conference Tuesday, Capt. Gillooly said the two younger girls climbed out their window and ran to a neighbor's home. They told the neighbor their stepfather kicked in their door and tried to assault them with a knife.

When police arrived, they found a 17-year-old in a separate bedroom. Police say the sisters hadn't seen each other in over two years.

Police identified the parents as Sophia Richter, 32, and Fernando Richter, 34, their stepfather.

Police booked Mr. Richter on three counts of kidnapping, three counts of emotional child abuse, three counts of physical child abuse and one count of sexual abuse with a person under 15-years-old.

Police booked Ms. Richter on three counts of kidnapping, three counts of emotional child abuse and three counts of physical child abuse.

Mr. and Ms. Richter appeared in video court this morning. Mr. Richter's bond has been set at $100,000 and Ms. Richter's bond has been set at $75,000. Their next court hearing in on December 9.

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