Sandra Grazzini-Rucki has been in police custody since October 2015 for felony depravation of parental rights.
Lakeville police allege Grazzini-Rucki drove her two runaway teenage daughters, Samantha and Gianna Rucki, from their Lakeville home in April 2013 and kept them from their father, Dave Rucki.
The girls, now 17 and 16, were discovered in November at the White Horse Ranch in Herman, Minn., by Lakeville police, Grant County deputies and the U.S. Marshals while executing a search warrant.
Grazzini-Rucki had been arrested on a warrant when she was found at an upscale Florida resort weeks before the girls were discovered, but would not divulge anything to police about their location.
Police tracked numerous leads to the ranch, but did not know the girls had been living there since their mother allegedly dropped them off there in 2013.
Grazzini-Rucki’s attorney, Steven Grigsby, has said the mother of five has been treated unfairly, and in court documents has described the $1 million bail initially imposed in her case as “excessive.”
In a May 2013 FOX-9 news report, the girls said they were abused by their father, but Dave Rucki has denied any abuse, and Lakeville police say there is no evidence to substantiate the abuse claim.
Nico Rucki, the eldest child of the former couple, told this newspaper their mother used “scare tactics” on the children against their father during their parents’ divorce and custody battle.
Since returning home, the girls have been through therapy and reunited with their father, who has been granted full custody.
Grazzini-Rucki’s release from custody came with multiple conditions. She is prohibited from being near or inside Rucki’s residence and possessing or using a firearm or dangerous weapon.
She was required to sign a waiver of extradition and keep the court informed of her current address. Grazzini-Rucki must also remain in Minnesota.