Search warrant released in case of parents accused of keeping kids locked in rooms

2014-03-03T12:24:00Z Search warrant released in case of parents accused of keeping kids locked in roomsPatrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A search warrant return from the house where a husband and wife allegedly kept three children locked in their bedrooms has been released.

Fernando Hernandez Richter and Sophia Leeann Richter were arrested in November and charged in December with kidnapping and child abuse in connection with allegations they kept her three daughters from previous relationships locked in bedrooms for nearly two years.

The search warrant, served on Nov. 26, 2013, shows police sought items including cameras, restraining devices and alarm sensors at the house on the 2800 block of North Estrella Avenue.

The Tucson Police Department search warrant reveals little more about the alleged child abuses than was already known. The document does not contain a transcription of the officer's telephone conversation requesting the judge grant the warrant. 

The search warrant was sealed for 90 days following the arrests.

Fernando Richter also faces aggravated assault charges for allegedly threatening two of the girls with a knife.

Fernando Richter has a court date scheduled March 10 where his attorney plans to make a motion for a mental health evaluation.

Both Richters have status conference hearings scheduled in April.

Read more about the case here

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or pmcnamara@azstarnet.com. On Twitter @pm929.

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