Police: Phoenix girl kept in bathroom for 2 months

February 10, 2010 12:14:54 PM PST
Police say a malnourished Phoenix girl was locked in a bathroom without running water for two months, beaten with metal rods and forced to exercise until exhaustion because her father said she had stolen food and cheated on a home-school test. Police said Wednesday that Scott and Andrea Bass, the 14-year-old girl's father and stepmother, had been arrested Feb. 4 for investigation of child abuse, kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment.

Phoenix police Officer Luis Samudio says the girl escaped from the bathroom through the attic and rode her bike to a coffee shop, where a worker called police.

Andrea Bass, who is no longer in custody, did not immediately return a message left at her home.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to a request to interview Scott Bass, who remains jailed.