Texas house of horrors mom forced twins, 16, to drink BLEACH and poured it on their genitals

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Seven children who were rescued from their abusive mother have detailed the years of torture she inflicted on them – including forcing them to drink bleach and pouring it over their genitals.

The alarm was raised on Tuesday, when two of the children – 16-year-old twins, a boy and a girl – managed to escape from the family home in Houston, Texas and convince a neighbor to help.

The mother, Zaikiya Duncan, 40, and her boyfriend Jova Terrell, 27, left the house on learning the twins had escaped and were arrested later that day in Baton Rouge – a four hour drive, across Texas into neighboring Louisiana.

The pair were kept naked and handcuffed to a removal dolly in the laundry room, and their feet were often zip-tied. Photos of the twins showed deep cuts, bruises and scars on their wrists and ankles, along with other parts of their bodies.

The boy said he found the handcuff key in his mother’s purse and hid it in his mouth, then made a pre-dawn run for freedom at around 5am.

He was wearing only pants when he escaped, and the girl had on a thin hoodie and pants: both were barefoot when a neighbor took them in, after they knocked on several doors.

The severely-malnourished 16-year-old boy can be seen (left) in a pre-dawn escape from a Houston home on Tuesday. His twin sister (right, in black hoody) stands next to him, begging for help from neighbors

Zaikiya Duncan (pictured), the mother of the seven children

Duncan's boyfriend, 27-year-old Jova Terrell (pictured) was also arrested

Zaikiya Duncan, 40, (pictured), the mother of the children, has a history of prior child abuse. Her boyfriend Jova Terrell, 27, (right) was also arrested on Tuesday

Duncan’s other five children aged from seven to 14 were taken into the care of child protection services: four of them had been left with relatives in Louisiana, and the fifth was with them.

The father of the children, Nicholas Menina, a photographer and media director for a Baptist Evangelical megachurch, who lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, told DailyMail.com he did not wish to comment.

On Thursday, charging documents obtained by Houston network KHOU detailed the litany of appalling abuse.

The 16-year-old boy told his investigators his mother once gave him 24 Benadryl 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 in 24 hours.

He was forced to take an entire packet at once, and the pills caused him to have a seizure.

Duncan then lowered the dosage to 20 tablets.

His twin sister was also given dangerous doses of the drug.

The children told investigators their mother poured bleach down their throats and on their genitals until it burned their skin.

Two 16-year-old twins in Texas were seen on video making a brave escape from imprisonment by their abusive mother and her boyfriend

Two 16-year-old twins in Texas were seen on video making a brave escape from imprisonment by their abusive mother and her boyfriend

The 16-year-old girl, extremely thin, is seen with scars on her wrists from the handcuffs

The 16-year-old girl, extremely thin, is seen with scars on her wrists from the handcuffs

Her twin brother also had deep cuts on his wrists from the handcuffs

Her twin brother also had deep cuts on his wrists from the handcuffs

The kids showed the woman who found them that they had just broken free from being handcuffed by their mother

The kids showed the woman who found them that they had just broken free from being handcuffed by their mother

The twins 'were bruised and malnourished in our eyes', police said, when they finally got to them on Tuesday

The twins ‘were bruised and malnourished in our eyes’, police said, when they finally got to them on Tuesday

The expansive $600,000 house in Houston where the children were living.  The twins spent a half hour going door-to-door desperate for help

The expansive $600,000 house in Houston where the children were living. The twins spent a half hour going door-to-door desperate for help

She also made them drink household cleaners like Lysol and Easy Off as a punishment if they ‘talked too much,’ according to the court documents obtained by the channel.

Duncan forbade her children to use the bathroom, and they were forced to defecate and urinate on themselves and then eat and drink it.

They only had dirty water from a mop bucket to wash themselves, they said.

The children told the investigators they were subject to extreme beatings, with their mother using extension cords, curtain rods and other metal poles to hit them.

Her boyfriend, Terrell, often punched the 16-year-old boy.

The children, who were severely malnourished when they escaped on Tuesday, said they were starved and fed one to three times a week, surviving on sandwiches made of mustard, or relish or bologna.

Duncan is currently listed as being in a Baton Rouge prison on charges of being a fugitive.  Her boyfriend, Jova Terrell, who was also arrested, is being detained at an undisclosed location

Duncan is currently listed as being in a Baton Rouge prison on charges of being a fugitive. Terrell, who was also arrested, is being detained at an undisclosed location

The breakout was caught via Ring camera footage that saw the twins, who have not been named, run from their Houston home in the early hours of Tuesday in an attempt to get someone to call the police

The breakout was caught via Ring camera footage that saw the twins, who have not been named, run from their Houston home in the early hours of Tuesday in an attempt to get someone to call the police

The family had recently been moved to Texas and the twins were not even sure of their address.  No one has been able to find out exactly how long they had been living there, though parents told ABC13 their children had been going to school with some of the kids in the house for the past two weeks

The family had recently been moved to Texas and the twins were not even sure of their address. No one has been able to find out exactly how long they had been living there, though parents told ABC13 their children had been going to school with some of the kids in the house for the past two weeks

The home, on Marina Alto Lane, had sold in late July and was valued between $552,001 and $627,000.

The home, on Marina Alto Lane, had sold in late July and was valued between $552,001 and $627,000.

Police are yet to confirm whether Duncan and her boyfriend had bought or rented the house

Police are yet to confirm whether Duncan and her boyfriend had bought or rented the house

The four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home includes a formal living and dining room, covered patio, two-car attached garage and access to a community pool

The four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home includes a formal living and dining room, covered patio, two-car attached garage and access to a community pool

It is believed the family only moved into the Houston neighborhood this summer, living in an expansive home in a smart neighborhood.

The home, on Marina Alto Lane, had sold in late July and was valued between $552,001 and $627,000.

Police are yet to confirm whether Duncan and her boyfriend had bought or rented the house.

The four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home includes a formal living and dining room, covered patio, two-car attached garage and access to a well-kept community pool and waterpark.

Duncan had previously been accused of child abuse, 10 years ago in Louisiana.

A five-year-old child of hers was taken from school to a local hospital to be treated for burns to his feet, genitals, and other parts of his body.

Doctors determined it was likely the result of being burned by hot water. The boy also had bruises on his torso, back, hip and buttocks.

When the 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.

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, with the door of the closet 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, but the children were ultimately returned to her.

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