Described as a “house of terror” in Texas, where a mother forced 16-year-old twins to drink bleach and poured it on their genitals, made them eat and drink their feces, and left their siblings with metal rods hit, and where they lived naked and tied up in the 600,000 house’s laundry room.dollar.
Horrific details of years of torture
Seven children rescued from their abusive mother have detailed the years of torture she inflicted on them – including forcing them to drink bleach and pour it on their genitals.
mother and boyfriend
The house alarm went off on Tuesday when two children – twins, a 16-year-old boy and a girl – managed to escape from the family home in Houston, Texas and persuaded a neighbor to help.
The mother, Zekea Duncan, 40, and boyfriend Jova Terrell, 27, left the house when they learned the twins had escaped, but were arrested later that day in Baton Rouge – a four-hour drive across Texas to neighboring Louisiana .
The twins run away from home
The twins were kept naked and handcuffed in the washroom, their feet often bound with iron chains. Photos of the twins showed deep cuts, bruises and scars on their wrists and ankles, among other parts of their bodies.
The boy said he found the key to the handcuffs in his mother’s purse and hid it in his mouth, then ran out of the house around 5 a.m. He was wearing only shorts when he ran away, and the girl was wearing a hoodie and thin pants: both were barefoot when a neighbor, who knocked on several doors, took them.
The assault on his body provoked
Duncan’s five other children, ages 7 to 14, were taken into the care of Child Protective Services: four of them were left with relatives in Louisiana, and the fifth was with them.
The children’s father, Nicholas Menena, a photographer and media director of the Great Evangelical Baptist Church, who lives with his wife in Baton Rouge, declined to comment on questions for the Daily Mail.
On Thursday, charging documents obtained by KHOU in Houston detailed a series of horrific abuses. The 16-year-old told investigators that his mother once gave him 24 tablets, usually used for allergies and colds, to make him sleep. The usual dose is one to two tablets every six hours, with a maximum of 12 tablets in 24 hours.
He was forced to eat an entire packet at once, and the pills caused him to have an epileptic seizure. Then Duncan reduced the dose to 20 tablets. His twin sister was also given dangerous doses of the drug. The children told interviewers that their mother poured bleach down their throats and on their genitals to burn their skin.
It also made them drink household cleaners as punishment for “talking too much”, according to court documents obtained by the channel. Duncan prevented her children from using the bathroom, and they were forced to defecate and urinate on themselves and then eat and drink it. They said they only got dirty water from a mop bucket to wash with.
The children told interviewers that they were severely beaten, with their mother using extension cords, curtain rods and other metal poles to beat them. And her boyfriend, Tyrell, regularly punched the 16-year-old boy. The twins, who were severely malnourished when they escaped on Tuesday, said they starved and fed one to three times a week, surviving on sandwiches made from mustard.
The family reportedly only moved to Houston this summer, where they live in a spacious home in an upscale neighborhood. The home, in Marina Alto Lane, sold at the end of July and is valued at between $552,001 and $627,000.
Police have not yet confirmed whether Duncan and her boyfriend bought or rented the home. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home features a formal living and dining room, a covered patio, a two-car garage and access to a community pool and water park.
Duncan was charged with child abuse in Louisiana 10 years ago. A five-year-old girl was taken from school to a local hospital for treatment for burns to her feet, genitals and other parts of her body. Doctors determined it was probably the result of a hot water burn. The boy also suffered bruises on his back, hip and buttocks.
When police went to Duncan’s home, they found a 20-month-old baby wrapped in clothes with his hands tied. According to the documents, the only other person in the house was the 4-year-old’s brother.
Police reported at the time that two of Duncan’s other children showed signs of abuse and had been removed from the home. They said Duncan admitted she had been investigated for child abuse in the past. She was charged with Cruelty to Juveniles, but the children were eventually returned to her.