2 held in alleged imprisonment of girls in home

by Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press
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Tucson Police Department investigators and evidence technicians investigate the scene at a home where two people were arrested Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, after three girls told authorities that they have been imprisoned for possibly the past two years, in Tucson, Ariz. Tucson police said the girls are siblings — ages 12, 13 and 17 — and their mother and stepfather have been arrested in a case that's being investigated as alleged child abuse and imprisonment. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Mike Christy)

Tucson Police Department investigators and evidence technicians investigate the scene at a home where two people were arrested Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, after three girls told authorities that they have been imprisoned for possibly the past two years, in Tucson, Ariz. Tucson police said the girls are siblings — ages 12, 13 and 17 — and their mother and stepfather have been arrested in a case that’s being investigated as alleged child abuse and imprisonment. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Mike Christy)

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona couple arrested in the alleged imprisonment of three girls in a Tucson home have made initial court appearances.

Tucson police said the girls are sisters — ages 12, 13 and 17 — and their mother and stepfather were arrested Tuesday.

A judge on Wednesday set bail of $100,000 for the stepfather and $75,000 for their mother.

Both face multiple counts of kidnapping and child abuse and the man also faces one count of sexual abuse. Tucson police said all three girls were malnourished and dirty, and they told officers they hadn’t taken a bath in up to six months.

The brief court appearances made by video did not include entering pleas, and it’s not immediately clear whether the 34-year-old man and 32-year-old woman have attorneys.

The Associated Press is not naming the adults to avoid identifying the children.

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