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Bail set at $1 million for mother of missing Lakeville girls

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A Dakota County Judge set bail at $1 million for the woman suspected of hiding her two teenage daughters who ran away from their Lakeville home in 2013.

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, 50, faces three counts of felony deprivation of parental rights for her alleged involvement in the disappearance of her daughters Gianna and Samantha.

The girls, now 17 and 15, disappeared from Lakeville in April 2013 while their parents were involved in a bitter divorce and custody battle.

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The girls were 13 and 14 when they ran away during their parents divorce. Grazzini-Rucki accused their father, David Rucki, of abusing them. However, a psychologist concluded that Grazzini-Rucki brainwashed the children.

In November 2013, a Dakota County judge granted full custody to David Rucki saying there was no credible evidence that they were abused.

Grazzini-Rucki has denied having anything to do with her daughters' disappearance. She was arrested on Oct. 18 at a resort in Orlando, Florida.

According to the Pioneer Press, police believe a network of people is taking care of the girls and keeping them in hiding. Investigators are making a list of "persons of interest" in the case, but the girls have not been found.

The Star Tribune notes that in her request for bail, Assistant Dakota County Attorney Katheryn Keena wrote that Grazzini-Rucki "poses a significant flight risk," and that U.S. Marshals had conducted a nationwide search for her that lasted more than eight weeks. She also says Grazzini-Rucki has been "uncooperative in assisting law enforcement in obtaining [the girls'] return."

Her attorney, Michelle McDonald, called the bail amount "ludicrous" and added that prosecutors are "pretending she's a flight risk."

Grazzini-Rucki is scheduled to be back in court on Monday.

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