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Houston crime: Cypress teens share stories of horrible abuse

The boy and lady mentioned they had been saved handcuffed in a utility room and compelled to drink their very own urine and eat feces.

CYPRESS, Texas — WARNING: Contains graphic content material

The teens whose escape from a Cypress house led to the arrests of their mom and her boyfriend suffered horrific abuse, in line with a supply. 

The 16-year-old twins ran to a neighbor’s home for assist early Tuesday and she or he known as the Precinct 5 Constable’s Office.

Editor’s observe: The above video initially aired on Oct. 19. 

When deputies went to the home to research, the couple and 5 different youngsters, ages 8 to 14, had been gone so an AMBER Alert was issued.

RELATED: Woman accused of abusing her youngsters lengthy earlier than Tuesday’s AMBER Alert

Hours later, Zaikiya  Duncan, 40, and Jova Terrell, 27, were arrested in Baton Rouge. Both are charged with injury to a child and can finally be introduced again to Houston.

Only one youngster was with the couple after they had been arrested. The different 4 boys had been later discovered protected with family members in Louisiana. 

The twins advised investigators they had been saved handcuffed inside a utility room the place they had been compelled to drink their very own urine and eat feces. Both had been malnourished and the boy had a minimum of one fractured bone that had healed, a supply mentioned. They additionally had bruises and cuts on their wrists from {the handcuffs}. 

All seven youngsters had been positioned in Child Protective Service custody, in line with authorities.

Troubling previous

It’s not the primary time Duncan has been arrested and charged as a result of alleged youngster abuse.

According to Louisiana court docket paperwork from 10 years in the past, a then-5-year-old youngster of Duncan’s was taken from college to a neighborhood hospital to be handled for burns to his ft, genitals and different elements of his physique.

Doctors decided it was doubtless the outcome of being burned by scorching water.

The boy was additionally had bruises on his torso, again, hip and buttocks.

According to the documents, when police went to Duncan’s home, they found a 20-month-old child wrapped in clothing with his hands bound. The only other person in the home was the child’s 4-year-old brother, according to the documents.

During questioning, police said Duncan admitted to routinely disciplining one child by making him get into a push-up position for up to an hour, causing the child’s hands to swell. The child was also forced to sleep on the floor of the closet, court documents said. The door of the closet was blocked by boards to keep the child from “escaping” and “stealing food from the kitchen,” court records said.

Police reported at the time that two of Duncan’s other children also showed signed of abuse and were removed from the home. They said Duncan admitted she had been investigated for allegedly abusing the children in the past. She was charged with cruelty to juveniles.

It’s not clear how long Duncan and her current boyfriend had lived in the house on Marina Alto Lane, close to the intersection of West Road and Fry Road. 

Anayeli Ruiz is following this story and could have updates at 

Anyone with details about this case is requested to name the Harris County Precinct 5 Constables Dispatch Office at 281-463-6666.

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