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Autistic Twin Sons 'Locked Up' In Basement
A couple have been arrested on charges they locked up their 22-year-old autistic twin sons in the dungeon-like basement of their home.
The Washington Post reported the basement had no furniture and no electricity, just a duvet on the floor. It said the room smelled of urine and had only a small window.
The newspaper cited police records in Montgomery County, Maryland, and identified the couple as 57-year-old John Land and 59-year-old Janice Land.
Reports said they were charged with abuse of vulnerable adult and attempted false imprisonment.
The door to the basement was reportedly locked with a deadbolt.
According to the Post and local TV station WJLA, the suspects said their sons were "non-verbal" and could only communicate by pointing at objects.
John Land reportedly told police that his sons would sometimes try to run away and that is why he and his wife started locking them up.
Police discovered the basement by chance as they went to the house on an unrelated matter.