Tucson ‘Captives Tortured With Loud Music’ – Sky News

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Three sisters allegedly held captive by their mother and stepfather at their home in Tucson were monitored by video cameras in soundproof rooms, police said.

Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor said the couple used «technological and psychological» means to imprison the three girls, aged 12, 13 and 17.

The couple, Sophia and Fernando Richter, were arrested on charges of emotional and physical abuse and three counts of kidnapping.

As police investigating the case were poring over a journal kept by the 17-year-old, details of the alleged captivity emerged.

Music blared loudly and constantly from the girls’ bedrooms. Duct work was sealed and towels were forced against doors to prevent the sound from being heard outside.

Mr Villasenor said: «What the kids are telling us, it was 24-7 either loud music or static.» 

There were motion sensors on the doors to the girls’ bedrooms and video cameras trained on their bed.

Locks on the girls’ bedroom doors kept them from escaping, Mr Villasenor said, adding another method was also used but declined to say what it was.

Tucson Daughters Held Captive
Two girls escaped on Tuesday, the third was found by police. Pic: KOLD TV

If the girls needed to use the bathroom, there was an unspecified signal for them to let the parents know they needed a bathroom break.

The two younger girls escaped through the window of their bedroom on Tuesday after the stepfather, brandishing a knife, tried to break down the room’s door. They ran to a neighbour’s home.

When police arrived at the suburban home, they found the 17-year-old, who was being held separately from her sisters in another room.

The three girls were malnourished and dirty and told officers they had not taken a bath in months.

Investigators hope the diary will help them build a criminal case against the 32-year-old mother and 34-year-old stepfather.

Mr Villasenor declined to reveal the diary’s contents but said the teen kept one of her most prized possessions – a photo of singer Enrique Iglesias – in the journal, which was kept inside a satchel.

«It did contain a lot of information that I feel will be useful in helping us to determine the method and length of the imprisonment,» Mr Villasenor said.

Investigators are also trying to determine the last time the girls attended a school.

No schools in the area had a record of them, Mr Villasenor said, and police have not been able to verify the mother’s claims that the children were home-schooled.

The girls are now together at a group home in the custody of a state child welfare agency.

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