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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
One week after Tucson Police rescued three sisters who
were reportedly abused and imprisoned inside their midtown home, TPD released
their initial reports and 911 transcripts from the November 26th incident.
Police did not
release audio of the 911 call from the two sisters who escaped around 4 a.m.
that day because it contains a significant amount of personal information
about the girls, ages 12, 13 and 17.
But the 911
transcripts do shed some light on what happened in the 2800 block of North
Estrella Avenue last Tuesday, moments before the girls' mother Sophia Richter
and stepfather Fernando Richter were arrested on multiple counts of child
abuse, neglect and imprisonment.
Police say the
couple kept Sophia's daughters in dungeon-like confinement and isolation for up
to two years. That is, until the younger
girls escaped out their bedroom window last week after their stepfather tried to
attack them with a knife.
One of the
girls tells the 911 operator, "We were just standing there and you see, my
mom's husband was trying to open the door, but he broke it in half -- and me
and my sister got out the window."
operator asks about the girls' biological father. Their response: "We used to visit our
dad, but something happened and we were no longer allowed to visit him. I haven't talked to my dad for three years."
As for TPD's
initial incident report and case summary released Tuesday, it speaks to what
investigators observed when they arrived on scene that morning.
They say both
parents had "bloodshot eyes" and smelled of "intoxicants."
So much, in fact, the stepfather Fernando Richter reportedly collapsed in his
neighbor's driveway at one point and required medical assistance.
more telling, the reports reveals how the three sisters interacted when they
saw each other for the first time.
was the two younger sisters who escaped that day before running to a neighbor's
house and calling 911.
At that point,
their 17 year old sister was still locked inside a separate bedroom.
police arrived the three girls were finally reunited.
touched each others faces, hugged and commented on how they all have changed
since they last saw each other, " the report says.
sister told officers, "I haven't seen anyone in two years."
about her stepfather specifically, the 17 year said she "did not like,
trust and was afraid of Fernando."
sister also wore a purse around her neck with a handmade calendar inside it.
At one point,
the girl removed the calendar and showed it to an officer.
she said, pointing at key dates on the calendar. "I haven't showered since the 19th of
father of the youngest sisters hasn't spoken publicly, though he has been in
contact with his girls.
he's extremely excited to see them for the first time in at least two years.
father reportedly talked with his daughters over the phone Monday.
"they're in good spirits," considering everything.
sisters remain together in a CPS group home.
The father of
the youngest two says he "can't wait "to meet his daughters in person
as early as Thursday.
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