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STORY BY KATELYN POLANTZ AND HANNAH RABINOWITZ, CNN

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Published on March 16, 2021 11:32 PM

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Family torn apart as they speak to investigators about father's participation in Capitol riot
(CNN)A 16-year-old testified against her father in court on Monday, as prosecutors used against him what they had learned from his children about his resolve to take part in the US Capitol riot.

"My heart is broken. I see people in your family suffering. I see an American family suffering," Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui said at the hearing in Washington on Monday about how politics -- and the Capitol riot -- has divided American families.

During the almost two-hour hearing, the daughter's testimony about her father, Guy Reffitt, a Texas Three Percenter, became one of the most searing examples of how close family and friends have aided investigators with the dragnet following the insurrection. The daughter said she didn't believe her father was dangerous if he were to be released, but thought he had tried to intimidate her and her brother after January 6 as he had discussed keeping his participation quiet.

Reffitt's defense lawyer argued for his release, downplaying his words about violence as just talk.

Faruqui decided to keep Reffitt detained in jail pending trial.

The judge's decision elicited a wail from the family household on the court's conference call line. Reffitt's wife, daughter and daughter's boyfriend had gathered for the hearing on the line, with the daughter's boyfriend also having testified in court Monday.