- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 27, 2013

An Arizona couple was arrested Tuesday after three sisters told police that they have been help captive in their home for possibly the past two years.

Police said a 34-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman were booked into the Pima County Jail on suspicion of three counts of kidnapping, three counts of child abuse-emotional abuse and three counts of child abuse-physical abuse, the Associated Press reported.

The man was charged with one count of sexual abuse of a person under age 15, police said.

Tucson Police Capt. Michael Gillooly said at a news conference that all three girls — ages 12, 13 and 17 — were malnourished and dirty, AP reported.

The girls lived in filthy conditions and told police they only got to eat once a day.

Police were called to the residence at about 4 a.m. Tuesday on reports from a neighbor of a disturbance, Capt. Gillooly said.

The two younger sisters told officers that they ran to the neighbor’s home after their stepfather kicked in the door and threatened them with a knife. The oldest girl was found in a bathroom, the AP said.

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