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Sherri Papini's family responds to report of prior 911 calls

Call logs reveal prior complaints about Papini

REDDING, Calif. - Sherri Papini's family is reacting to a new report in the Sacramento Bee newspaper about the Shasta County mother who went missing in early November and was found, alive, Thanksgiving Day.

According to records obtained by the newspaper, 13 years before her disappearance her mother called the Shasta County Sheriff's Office to ask for help with her daughter. At the time, her mother alleged her then 21-year-old daughter Sherri, had been harming herself and blaming the injuries on her mother.

Loretta Graeff's allegations are detailed in a December 2003 Shasta County Sheriff's Office log obtained by the Sacramento Bee. The log also states Graeff wanted "advice" because her daughter was planning on moving back in with her.

The call by the mother was one of several made to law enforcement by members of Sherri Papini's family between 2000 and 2003.

On Oct. 1, 2000, Papini's sister, Sheila Graeff, alleged that Sherri may have kicked in her back door but was unsure if anyone actually got into the house because nothing was missing.

Then later that day, Papini's father, Richard Graeff, alleged that Papini vandalized their home in the City of Shasta Lake.

Three years later, On October 3, 2003, Richard Graeff also alleged to police that an unauthorized withdrawal was made from his bank account and that he suspected Papini, who was living with them at the time. But a subsequent police report stated that the money was returned to his account, and Sherri was opening a credit card account.

The Sacramento Bee first reported the story Thursday morning.

In an exclusive statement to ABC News released by Papini family spokesperson Nicole Wool, the family slammed the "shameful" Sacramento Bee for its coverage.

"Sherri Papini and her family are the very recent victims of an extremely violent crime that has painfully and dramatically changed the course of their lives forever. It is shameful that a media outlet would intentionally exploit Sherri and Keith Papini and their young children's trauma for the sole purpose of clickbait and selling papers."

The statement continues, "This newspaper's decision to aggressively seek out and publish unsubstantiated online activity and distort phone conversations from 16 years ago is victim-blaming at its most egregious. It is our hope that the media will honor their privacy as they work through this difficult time."

(ABC News contributed to this report)


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