Fox 9 News Report: Last Known Footage of Rucki Girls

Please let us live with our mom, and enjoy the rest of my childhood.
– Gianna [who never got her wish and is still in hiding with her sister Samantha]

Fox 9 News Report on Sandra “Sam” Grazzini Rucki custody case.

This footage from May 2013 is the last known sighting of the Rucki girls speaking about alleged abuse at the hands of their father. Samantha and Gianna say they ran away because of the abuse. This footage was filmed after the girls ran away from home while in the custody of a paternal aunt. The aunt allegedly has a history of drug abuse, and lost custody of her own children. Both girls have expressed that they did not feel safe in the care of the aunt. The aunt has also allowed the allegedly abusive father to enter the home, where the children were staying under the guise of “doing repairs”. (Carver County Corruption Blog)

Sandra Grazzini Rucki told her story to the Minnesota State Guardian ad Litem Board, and included supporting documentation including letters from her children, to demonstrate failures in the Guardian ad Litem program that led to her children being placed in the care and custody of an abusive or unsafe guardian. Sandra asked for reform, including that the Board improve the complaint procedure against the GALs.

At the time of this posting, both girls are still missing. Sandra Grazzini Rucki has been charged with 3 counts of felony parental deprivation in connection with their disappearance. David Rucki, father, denies any abuse has happened.



The missing Rucki sisters were recovered, living on a therapeutic horse ranch, in November 2015. Criminal proceedings followed against Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, and others involved. Allegations were raised that legal proceedings violated due process, denied the defendants to present evidence, and other miscarriages of justice occurred.

For more information, please read continuing coverage by Michael Volpe:

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki Convicted of Hiding Daughters – 75% of Defense Evidence Suppressed

CDN News Michael Volpe (Articles)

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and the World’s Last Custody Trial by Michael Volpe, Michelle MacDonald


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About Emily Court

It takes "Just Us" To Fight Injustice in Family Court. I blog to raise awareness about problems existing in the family court system, and use my own story as a personal example of how the systemic failures in family court, and the Guardian ad Litem Program, affect families, in an effort to encourage needed reform. Written by a survivor of domestic violence and homelessness working to create a better life for her children, in a stable home free of violence. In her efforts to rebuild her life, she has not only encountered harassment and intimidation from her alleged abuser but faced systematic failures in family court that have empowered her alleged abuser and put her children at risk. She is now fighting to keep her kids safe, and bring them home. Through writing and blogging, FCI is working to raise awareness about domestic violence, and the urgent need for family court reform. She is currently working on a memoir titled "'Til Prayers Are Answered".
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