Mom Convicted In Case of Hiding 2 Lakeville Teens From Dad
HASTINGS (AP) - A Lakeville mother who was accused of concealing her two daughters from their dad for more than two years has been found guilty.
A jury in Dakota County convicted Sandra Grazzini-Rucki on Thursday of six counts of deprivation of custodial rights.
Prosecutors have said the 50-year-old Grazzini-Rucki and a friend drove the teens to a ranch near Herman in 2013 to hide them during a bitter divorce case. The sisters were found in 2015 and have moved back in with their father.
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said after the verdict that Grazzini-Rucki's actions led to significant trauma for her daughters and impacted the rest of the family.
Grazzini-Rucki had been free during trial but was taken into custody after the verdict. She's scheduled to be sentenced in September.