2 Sisters Missing for 2 Years To Enter Reunification Program
HASTINGS (AP) - Two teenage sisters from Lakeville who had been missing for more than two years will be sent to a reunification program with the aim of returning them to their father.
Before the girls disappeared in 2013, they repeatedly accused their father of abuse. But a court-appointed psychologist concluded their mother had brainwashed them and a judge ruled there was no credible evidence of abuse. Seventeen-year-old Samantha Rucki and her 16-year-old sister, Gianna, have been in foster care since they were found recently at a horse farm in western Minnesota.
The ranch owners asked the court to send the girls back. Dakota County social workers wanted the girls to remain in foster care. The judge reaffirmed David Rucki's full parental custody. Rucki said he would send his daughters to a reunification program out of state.