December 2, 2022
Texas teenagers’ alleged escape from handcuffs at their house triggers Amber Alert, authorities say

“Malnourished” teenage twins who mentioned they escaped from handcuffs at their Texas house Tuesday set off an Amber Alert for 5 different siblings, ages 7 to 14, who have been decided to be protected a day later in Louisiana, officers mentioned.

Jeff McShan, the spokesman for Harris County Constable Precinct 5, mentioned the incident started when the 16-year-old twins, a boy and a lady, contacted a neighbor and requested to name 911 as a result of they’d escaped from their house, the place they “had been handcuffed and held towards their will by their mother.”

The siblings mentioned they’d solely not too long ago moved to the house and didn’t know their deal with, McShan mentioned.

“It was apparent to us and the hearth division that the kids have been in misery. They’d marks on their wrists, fairly deep marks from {the handcuffs}. They have been bruised and malnourished in our eyes,” he mentioned.

The twins have been hospitalized and are within the custody of Little one Protecting Companies, NBC affiliate KPRC of Houston reported.

Texas teenagers’ alleged escape from handcuffs at their house triggers Amber Alert, authorities say
A Texas couple triggered an Amber Alert after two teenagers of their care mentioned they’d escaped from handcuffs and informed authorities in Cypress, La.PRC

McShan mentioned it took authorities a number of hours to find out which home the twins had fled. Once they arrived, the kids’s mom, Zaikiya Duncan, 40, and her boyfriend, Jova Terrell, 27, appeared to have left with Duncan’s 5 different kids, McShan mentioned.

 “The kids have been discovered at a relative’s home and have been deemed protected by the Louisiana State Police. Their mom and mother’s boyfriend are in custody and will probably be introduced again to Harris County,” the constable’s workplace mentioned.

The company mentioned it’s recommending that Duncan and Terrell be charged with harm to a baby, a first-degree felony. It additionally mentioned the kids’s 18-year-old brother might also be lacking. His whereabouts have been unclear Wednesday.

Duncan and Terrell have been arrested after a visitors cease Tuesday afternoon, Louisiana State Police mentioned Wednesday. They’d been fugitives from Harris County, the company mentioned. A juvenile was within the automobile with the couple, state police mentioned. 5 different kids who have been dropped off at a relative’s home close to Baton Rouge have been later recognized and accounted for, police mentioned.

McShan mentioned he expects the couple to return to Texas this week to face costs. It was not clear Wednesday whether or not they had retained an legal professional.

Duncan was listed as being an inmate on a cost of being a fugitive on the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail on Wednesday afternoon. Terrell was not listed as an inmate there.

Kinfolk of Duncan and Terrell couldn’t be reached for remark Wednesday.

CORRECTION (Oct. 21, 2022, 12:11 p.m. ET) A earlier model of this text misstated the day the twins escaped from their house. They escaped Tuesday, not Monday. The article additionally misstated the twins’ age. They’re 15, not 16.

Helen Kwong contributed.