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Police: Girl was locked in room, allegedly sexually assaulted

An Arizona man and his girlfriend have been arrested for allegedly locking his 14-year-old daughter in a bedroom for more than a year. Police in Tucson say the couple allegedly allowed the girl out of the room only for bathroom breaks and meager meals starting in November 2003. A police spokesman says detectives also found that the father allegedly sexually abused the girl for several years. The Associated Press is not naming the adults to protect the teen's identity. The girl escaped from the home Thursday and called authorities. She's described as five-feet-six and weighing only 97 pounds. Two other children in the home showed no apparent signs of abuse. All are in protective custody.

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