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Nov 26, 2013 9:28 PM by Nikai Salcido

Parents' names released in child imprisonment case

TUCSON - News 4 Tucson is learning the names of two adults involved in the child imprisonment investigation.

Tucson police say the two involved are 34-year-old Fernando Richter and 32-year-old Sophia Richter.

TPD officers responded to a residence in the 2800 block of North Estrella Avenue regarding a domestic violence fight involving a knife.

Officers spoke with two young girls, ages 12 and 13, who had ran to the neighbor's house alleging that their step-father had tried to break into their bedroom with a knife. The girls alleged that they had been imprisoned in their bedrooms for at least the last several months and possibly up to two years.

An investigation revealed that there was a 17-year-old sister who was still in the house in a different bedroom.

Officers entered the home and found a third girl was locked in a bedroom. Police say all three girls were extremely dirty and stated they had not bathed in 4 to 6 months and alleged only being fed once a day.

The step-father, Fernando Richter, and mother, Sophia Richter are both booked into the Pima County Jail.


Fernando Richter is facing 3 counts of Kidnapping, 3 counts of child abuse, 3 counts of child abuse and 1 count of sexual abuse with a person under 15 years of age.


Sophia Richter is facing 3 counts of kidnapping, 3 counts of child abuse, 3 counts of emotional abuse, and 3 counts of child abuse.

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