Nov 26, 2013 11:41 PM by Rebecca Taylor

3 Tucson girls allegedly held captive, Tucson Police release new details

TUCSON - Tucson Police detectives are calling it a disturbing case of abuse and neglect, children allegedly kept in filthy living conditions and fed once a day.

Officers were called to the home in the 28 hundred block of North Estrella Avenue Tuesday morning. It's near Glenn and Stone.

A 911 call reporting domestic violence led police to a horrifying situation.

Three girls tell officers that they'd been kept in their bedrooms for several months, possibly up to two years.

34-year-old Fernando Richter and 32-year-old Sophia Richter were booked into the Pima County Jail on kidnapping and child abuse charges.

The Richter's spent the night behind bars in the Pima County Jail, perhaps getting a sense of what their daughters say they felt, held captive up to two years. The two younger girls tell police they were locked in a separate bedroom from their older sister.

Inside this home police say abuse, neglect, and imprisonment took place.

Cpt. Mike Gillooly says, "All three juveniles were extremely dirty as I mentioned, and malnourished, and stated that they had no bathed within the last four to six months."

Cpt. Gillooly says the girls, ages 12, 13 and 17 were held captive inside their rooms behind lock and key.

"They were kept in filthy living conditions, separately and told patrol officers that they had no seen each other in almost two years," says Cpt. Gillooly.

Freedom came when the two younger girls ran to a neighbors home in the middle of the night.

"Alleging that their stepfather had kicked in their bedroom door, attempting to assault them with a knife," says Gillooly, "During the course of that investigation it was alleged by the girls that they had been imprisoned in their bedroom for approximately the past two years."

When police entered the home around four Tuesday morning they discovered the 17-year-old sister. All three girls were removed from the home and their parents were arrested.

Each are facing six counts of child abuse, and three counts of kidnapping. The girls' step father, is also facing one count of sex abuse with a child under 15.

TPD's evidence truck was brought in to haul away clues that could help investigators piece together what happened in this house, and why.

The Richter's will make their first court appearance Wednesday morning.

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