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Tucson child abuse case: Girls held captive at different homes

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CATALINA, Ariz. -

It's a nice house in a newer subdivision, on a quiet street in Catalina, which is in southern Pinal County.

A different family lives there now and they're grappling with the fact that the place they call home was once, most likely a prison for three girls.

It looks like a picture perfect happy home with Christmas lights and decorations in the front yard as this family prepares to celebrate their first holiday at this house.  But inside, there are still remnants of the previous tenants -- evidence of a horrible experience for three children.

Alarms and patches on the walls where there may have been cameras.

"Something patched here and repainted. I'm thinking lock all doors at bottom have marks," said Mario Brogdon.

Investigators say the Richters lived in this home from March 2011 to August 2013 and their three kids were held in captivity in two of the bedrooms.

"Sickening knowing something bad going on in this room.. here my daughters.. everything and knowing before we moved in it wasn't a happy place for a kid," said Mario.

A woman who lives a few houses down never saw the girls in the nine months she's lived on this street.

"I definitely never saw any kids.  I know most of the neighborhood kids, but I never saw any over there," said Janae Kuc.

She says she's in shock and disbelief after learning three girls may have been imprisoned on her street.

"It makes me feel terrible we never noticed anything pretty well.."

The young family who rents the house now says the owner of the home had no clue of what went on inside.  The father says the holes were patched up before he moved in.

The girls told police they were imprisoned for about 18 months, so that means they would've been held in captivity in the Pinal County home for about a year and a half.

Police went by the house Tuesday night and are still piecing together the unspeakable details of what happened to the girls.

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