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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

One week after Tucson Police rescued three sisters who were reportedly abused and imprisoned inside their midtown home, TPD released their initial reports and 911 transcripts from the November 26th incident.

Police did not release audio of the 911 call from the two sisters who escaped around 4 a.m. that day because it contains a significant amount of personal information about the girls, ages 12, 13 and 17.

But the 911 transcripts do shed some light on what happened in the 2800 block of North Estrella Avenue last Tuesday, moments before the girls' mother Sophia Richter and stepfather Fernando Richter were arrested on multiple counts of child abuse, neglect and imprisonment.

Police say the couple kept Sophia's daughters in dungeon-like confinement and isolation for up to two years.  That is, until the younger girls escaped out their bedroom window last week after their stepfather tried to attack them with a knife.

One of the girls tells the 911 operator, "We were just standing there and you see, my mom's husband was trying to open the door, but he broke it in half -- and me and my sister got out the window."   

Later, the operator asks about the girls' biological father.  Their response: "We used to visit our dad, but something happened and we were no longer allowed to visit him.  I haven't talked to my dad for three years."

As for TPD's initial incident report and case summary released Tuesday, it speaks to what investigators observed when they arrived on scene that morning.

They say both parents had "bloodshot eyes" and smelled of "intoxicants." So much, in fact, the stepfather Fernando Richter reportedly collapsed in his neighbor's driveway at one point and required medical assistance.

What's even more telling, the reports reveals how the three sisters interacted when they saw each other for the first time.

Remember, it was the two younger sisters who escaped that day before running to a neighbor's house and calling 911.

At that point, their 17 year old sister was still locked inside a separate bedroom.

But after police arrived the three girls were finally reunited. 

"They touched each others faces, hugged and commented on how they all have changed since they last saw each other, " the report says.

The oldest sister told officers, "I haven't seen anyone in two years." 

When asked about her stepfather specifically, the 17 year said she "did not like, trust and was afraid of Fernando."

The oldest sister also wore a purse around her neck with a handmade calendar inside it.

At one point, the girl removed the calendar and showed it to an officer.

"Look," she said, pointing at key dates on the calendar.  "I haven't showered since the 19th of September."

The biological father of the youngest sisters hasn't spoken publicly, though he has been in contact with his girls.

We're told he's extremely excited to see them for the first time in at least two years.

The natural father reportedly talked with his daughters over the phone Monday. 

He says "they're in good spirits," considering everything.

All three sisters remain together in a CPS group home.

The father of the youngest two says he "can't wait "to meet his daughters in person as early as Thursday.

"There's lots of healing to be done," he says.

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