By Brandon Stahl Star Tribune
One of the runaway Lakeville girls discovered at a western Minnesota horse ranch last week told police that she hadn’t seen her mother “in years’’ and assumed she’d been incarcerated, according to a child protection petition filed by Dakota County.
The two girls have told investigators that they were home-schooled and assisted with chores around the ranch, where they’d lived since being dropped off there in April 2013, the petition revealed.
Their mother, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, 50, faces six counts of felony deprivation of parental rights on allegations she took her daughters Gianna and Samantha to the Herman, Minn. ranch. The girls were dropped off four days after they ran away in the midst of a custody dispute, according to the criminal charges.