3 girls say they were imprisoned in Arizona home

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Associated Press

Posted on November 27, 2013 at 4:30 AM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Tucson, Ariz., say three sisters, malnourished and dirty, have been rescued from a home where their mother and stepfather allegedly kept them imprisoned for as long as the past two years.

Neighbors say they didn't know the house, which is set back from the road, was even occupied.

Authorities say the adults are jailed on suspicion of kidnapping, child abuse-emotional abuse and three counts of child abuse-physical abuse. The man also was accused of one count of sexual abuse of a person under age 15.

Tucson police say the sisters, ages 12, 13 and 17, told officers they hadn't taken a bath in up to six months and that they were fed only once daily.

The two youngest girls told officers that they ran to a neighbor's home yesterday after their stepfather threatened them with a knife. The neighbor called 911.

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