It appears that three girls will be able to start their lives again after living a nightmare for the last few years.
Three sisters were freed from a Tucson, Ariz. home on Tuesday after spending up to two years locked in their bedrooms, fed only once a day and denied baths, police said, according to the New York Daily News.
The two younger girls, aged 12 and 13, managed to escape the house and get to a neighbor’s house on Tuesday morning. The girls told cops that their stepfather Fernando Richter attempted to break into their bedroom and attack them with a knife when they fled the house. Police who responded to the scene found a 17-year-old girl locked up in another bedroom of the residence.
The living conditions were horrible for the girls, who told police they hadn’t taken a bath in four to six months and were fed just once a day.
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Richter and Sophia Richter, the mother of the girls, were taken into custody and each charged with three counts of kidnapping, three counts of child abuse/emotional abuse and three counts of child abuse/physical abuse.
The Arizona Daily Star reports that the two younger sisters said they hadn’t seen their 17-year-old sister in about two years.
"They were kept in filthy living conditions and kept separately," Tucson Police Capt. Michael Gillooly stated. "They told officers they had not seen each other in two years and were kept separately in bedrooms in that house."
Fernando Richter is reportedly also facing one count of sexual abuse of a child under 15.
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"We are doing all we can to make sure these kids are kept safe," Gillooly said at a news conference.