updated 2/10/2010 3:25:11 PM ET 2010-02-10T20:25:11

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 say.

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 said 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.

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