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Cameras, soundproof rooms: Disturbing new details about how parents allegedly isolated girls

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Cameras, soundproof rooms: Disturbing new details about how parents allegedly isolated girls

By Liz Kotalik. CREATED Nov 27, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Behind the doors of a seemingly well-maintained home, police said three girls told them they were trapped, alone and confused. 

"The neighbor asked them, well where do you live? [She} didn't recognize them, and they didn't even know their address," Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor said in a press conference on Wednesday. 

Police said alarms on the girls' doors and windows would set off a loud, shrill sound if anyone opened them, and music blared inside the girls' rooms, all hours of the day.

"What the kids are telling us is that it was 24/7, either loud music, or, in their opinion if they showed appreciation or enjoyment of the music, it was turned over to static. It would just be loud static directed towards the beds," Villasenor said.
But anyone outside of the rooms could hardly hear anything, according to police.
They said the parents sealed off duct-work and stuffed towels under the doors, making the rooms virtually sound-proof, and a camera tracked their every move.
"The video surveillance was obviously set up by the parents and that was set up just on the rooms of the juveniles. The cameras were focused on the beds of the juveniles, and they were on 24/7 from what we could tell."

When the girls needed to use the restroom, they told police the kids signaled into the cameras, and if their parents agreed: "The hallways were shielded, it was kind of like a tunnel that they would build with sheets and partitions to take them directly to the bathroom and back."
Unable to even see the inside of their own home, while they said they were completely isolated from the world.


Liz Kotalik

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Liz Kotalik is so proud to work in her home state of Arizona with her KGUN9 family. She anchors the 7 a.m. morning show "GMT Extra" on the CW Tucson every weekday, and also reports for later newscasts.