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Houston, Texas crime: Zaikiya Duncan extradited to Texas

Zaikiya Duncan, 40, was arrested earlier this month in Baton Rouge.

HOUSTON — A Cypress mom accused in a baby abuse case involving twin youngsters was extradited again to Harris County over the weekend.

Zaikiya Duncan was arrested earlier this month in Baton Rouge. Detectives mentioned Duncan and her boyfriend held their twins captive, torturing them and forcing them to stay in horrific situations.

The twins escaped, alerting authorities and setting off a seek for Duncan and Terrell, in the end main police to Louisiana. The two have been awaiting extradition again to Harris County.

What occurred

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The Cypress twins who escaped from their residence this week shared unimaginable tales of the torture they endured, they mentioned by the hands of their very own mom and her boyfriend. 

Duncan, 40, and Terrell, 27, were arrested in Baton Rouge Tuesday. She’s charged with injury to a child and aggravated assault in Harris County. He’s charged with steady violence towards a member of the family.

The torture

In charging paperwork obtained by KHOU 11, the 16-year-old boy and lady had been questioned by investigators at Texas Children’s Hospital. They described a number of examples of the horrific abuse that they mentioned befell behind closed doorways of the big residence on Marina Alto Lane.

The boy mentioned Duncan as soon as gave him 24 Benadryl tablets to make him sleep they usually brought about him to have a seizure. After that, he mentioned she lowered the dosage to 20 tablets. The lady was additionally given an unspecified quantity of Benadryl.

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The victims mentioned their mom poured bleach down their throats and on their genitals till it burned their pores and skin. She additionally made them drink cleaners like Lysol and Easy Off in the event that they “talked too much,” in accordance to court docket paperwork.

They advised the corporal they weren’t allowed to use the restroom and had been pressured to defecate and urinate on themselves after which eat and drink it. They solely had soiled water from a mop bucket to wash off. 

They mentioned their mom beat them with extension cords, curtain rods and different steel poles and Terrell usually punched the boy.

The victims advised the corporal they had been starved and fed solely mustard sandwiches, relish sandwiches or bologna sandwiches one to thrice every week. Investigators mentioned the twins had been severely malnourished.

They had been stored bare and handcuffed to a dolly within the laundry room and their toes had been usually zip-tied. Both have cuts, bruises and scars on their wrists and ankles, together with different components of their our bodies, court docket paperwork mentioned

“When you see it in person, it just hits on a different level. It’s so sad, it’s a flood of emotions,” a girl who took them in mentioned. “You just don’t understand how little innocent kids go through this.”

Houston Children’s Assessment Center psychologist Dr. Whitney Crowson mentioned youngsters who are suffering this sort of abuse can get better with correct assist.

“Oftentimes, we predict there’s no approach they will get by way of all of this, however youngsters are a lot extra resilient than we give them credit score for,” she said. “Really, what they want is ongoing and constant help.

To report abuse, name the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400. They are open 24 hours a day, seven days every week.

How they escaped

The boy mentioned he discovered the handcuff key in his mom’s purse and hid it in his mouth. Around 5 a.m. Tuesday, they unlocked {the handcuffs} and ran door to door by way of the neighborhood pleading for assist, court docket paperwork say. 

The boy was shirtless and the lady was utilizing a grocery bag for a shirt. Both had been barefoot and shivering when a girl in a close-by subdivision answered her door although she mentioned she was “terrified.”

“They said, ‘Can you help us, can you help us?'” the lady mentioned. “They were so skinny and so frail. They just looked like they had been through a lot.”

She wrapped them in blankets and fed them, and mentioned each had been very well mannered whilst they started describing among the abuse. 

“The more I asked and realized how severe the situation was, it was just a flood of emotions that came over me,” she advised KHOU reporter Anayeli Ruiz. “How a mother could do this to her kids and… I feel like my tears are out of frustration, anger, and sadness.”

The good Samaritan then referred to as the Precinct 5 Constable’s Office. The teenagers had been taken to Texas Children’s Hospital in Katy and deputies had been despatched to their residence to examine. By then, Duncan, Terrell, and 5 youthful boys, ages 8 to 14, had been gone and an AMBER Alert was issued.

Hours later, Duncan and Terrell were arrested in Baton Rouge. Only one baby was with the couple after they had been arrested. The different 4 boys had been later discovered secure with family members in Louisiana. All seven youngsters had been positioned in Child Protective Service custody, in accordance to authorities.

The twins who escaped advised investigators their 12-year-old twin brothers had been additionally abused and compelled to keep in a restroom.

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History of abuse

It’s not the primary time Duncan has been arrested and charged in reference to baby abuse.

According to Louisiana court docket paperwork from 10 years in the past, a then 5-year-old baby of Duncan’s was taken from college to a neighborhood hospital to be handled for burns to his toes, genitals, and different components of his physique. Doctors decided it was possible the results of being burned by sizzling water. The boy 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 closet floor, 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 signs of abuse and were removed from the home. They said Duncan admitted she had been investigated for abuse of the children in the past. She was charged with cruelty to juveniles.

It’s not clear how long Duncan and her Terrell have lived in the house on Marina Alto Lane, close to the intersection of West Road and Fry Road. The teenagers mentioned they’d moved there lately. 

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