CYPRESS, Texas (AP) – A teen who told Texas police he and his twin sister had been handcuffed and brutally beaten escaped their family’s home after finding a handcuff key and hiding it in his mouth, the authorities said. authorities in court records.
The twins, barefoot and handcuffed, were seen on doorbell video as they sought help in a Cypress neighborhood just outside of Houston. The video, obtained by Houston TV station KHOUshowed the teens walking door-to-door at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday while seeking help.
The boy was shirtless and the girl was only wearing a plastic shopping bag around her neck as a shirt, according to an affidavit.
Their mother, Zaikiya Duncan, 40, was arrested hours later in Louisiana after police issued a missing child alert for five other children. All seven children, including the twins, are now in child protection custody, authorities said.
The 15-year-old twins were severely malnourished and told police the abuse had been going on for months, the affidavit said. They told police Duncan handcuffed them, forced them to drink bleach and other household cleaners, and also sprayed oven cleaner into their mouths “if they talked too much,” the affidavit said.
The twins also told authorities they were forced to eat and drink feces and urine, according to the affidavit.
Duncan is imprisoned in Baton Rouge and awaiting extradition on a charge of aggravated assault. Her live-in boyfriend, 27-year-old Jova Terrell, is also charged with assault. It was unknown if they had a lawyer and they are expected to be extradited to Texas Houston TV station within 30 days KPRC reported.
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