Two 16-year-old twins escaped from their abusive mother and her boyfriend who handcuffed, bound and forced them to drink their own urine at their $600,000 Texas house of horrors. 

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

The boy wasn’t wearing a shirt and both of the siblings were barefoot, the neighbor who eventually let the pair inside told KHOU. The kids told police their mother and her boyfriend had left them in a room and forced them to eat and drink their own waste, refusing to let them use the toilet.

The woman who found them added: ‘They would only feed them a sandwich, only if they were quiet the whole day, if they made any type of noise they wouldn’t be fed. How a mother could do this to her kids and… I feel like my tears are out of frustration anger and sadness.  

‘They were so skinny and so frail. They just looked like they had been through a lot. They told me that their mom kept them locked in the laundry room, naked, zip tied from the ankles and handcuffed from the wrist.’ 

Louisiana State Police tracked down their mother, 40-year-old Zaikiya Duncan, and her boyfriend, 27-year-old Jova Terrell, at a traffic stop in Baton Rouge at 1:45 p.m. Both are charged with two counts of felony injury to a child and will be brought back to Houston, which a spokesman for local police told DailyMail.com was expected to be ‘later today.’ 

Both Duncan and Terrell have been jailed, pending extradition. Duncan is scheduled for an extradition hearing Thursday, according to ABC13

The twins have been hospitalized and are in the custody of Child Protective Services, Jeff McShan said.  

At least five other siblings – 7-year-old Nicholas Menina, 10-year-old Zayden Menina, 12-year-old Jovion Menina, 12-year-old Javier Menina, and 14-year-old Jarod Menina – were rescued by police, one of whom was still with Duncan and Terrell, while the other four had been left with relatives throughout Louisiana. 

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

Zaikiya Duncan (pictured) has a history of prior child abuse allegations

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

Zaikiya Duncan (pictured) has a history of prior child abuse allegations

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

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

The woman who eventually found the twins, who also went identified, said she discovered them in appalling shape: 'They were so skinny and so frail. They just looked like they had been through a lot. They told me that their mom kept them locked in the laundry room, naked, zip tied from the ankles and handcuffed from the wrist'

The woman who eventually found the twins, who also went identified, said she discovered them in appalling shape: ‘They were so skinny and so frail. They just looked like they had been through a lot. They told me that their mom kept them locked in the laundry room, naked, zip tied from the ankles and handcuffed from the wrist’

They found the twins, a boy and a girl, in terrible shape, with 'marks on their wrists, pretty deep marks from the handcuffs,' according to a county spokesperson

They found the twins, a boy and a girl, in terrible shape, with ‘marks on their wrists, pretty deep marks from the handcuffs,’ according to a county spokesperson

The two twins 'were bruised and malnourished in our eyes' when police finally got to them

The two twins ‘were bruised and malnourished in our eyes’ when police finally got to them

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 children spent a half hour going door-to-door in their Houston-area neighborhood desperate for help

The children spent a half hour going door-to-door in their Houston-area neighborhood desperate for help

The two can be seen going door-to-door in their neighborhood trying to find someone to help for half an hour in the early morning hours Tuesday, with several neighbors, unsure what to make of the situation, telling the kids to keep moving. 

A voice can eventually heard on one of the doorbell cameras asking the kids: ‘Do you need help?’ with one of the kids answering: ‘Please help us. We just need somewhere to be right now.’ 

The woman who eventually found the twins, a single mother at home with her daughter who also went unidentified, said she discovered them in appalling shape: 

Duncan is currently listed as being in a Baton Rouge prison on charges of being a fugitive. Terrell’s whereabouts are not known. 

Photos showed the disturbing bodily harm Duncan had allegedly subjected her children to

Photos showed the disturbing bodily harm Duncan had allegedly subjected her children to

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

A voice can eventually heard on one of the doorbell cameras asking the kids: 'Do you need help?' with one of the kids answering: 'Please help us. We just need somewhere to be right now'

A voice can eventually heard on one of the doorbell cameras asking the kids: ‘Do you need help?’ with one of the kids answering: ‘Please help us. We just need somewhere to be right now’

The two can be seen going door-to-door in their neighborhood trying to find someone to help for half an hour in the early morning hours Tuesday, with several neighbors, unsure what to make of the situation, telling the kids to keep moving

The two can be seen going door-to-door in their neighborhood trying to find someone to help for half an hour in the early morning hours Tuesday, with several neighbors, unsure what to make of the situation, telling the kids to keep moving

Duncan is currently listed as being in a Baton Rouge prison on charges of being a fugitive. Terrell's whereabouts are not known

Duncan is currently listed as being in a Baton Rouge prison on charges of being a fugitive. Terrell’s whereabouts are not known

Police set off an Amber Alert for the twins’ five other siblings, ages 7 to 14, who were found safe a day later in Louisiana. The twins said that while it was less than what they received, their 12-year-old twin brothers had also been abused. 

Only one child was with the couple when they were arrested. The other four boys were later found safe with relatives in Louisiana. All seven children were placed in Child Protective Service custody, according to authorities.

Police said that they may even have another child, an 18-year-old boy, still missing, according to NBC News.  

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. Police did not have any background information on Duncan or Terrell and didn’t know whether they’d bought or leased 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 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 did not have any background information on Duncan or Terrell and didn't know whether they'd bought or leased the house

Police did not have any background information on Duncan or Terrell and didn’t know whether they’d bought or leased 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

The children’s mother has a history of child abuse, according to court documents. Duncan had one of her children hospitalized after burns were found on his feet and genitals from hot water. 

When police arrived at the family home in Louisiana, they found a baby wrapped in clothing with his hands bound.

Duncan admitted to regularly forcing at least one her children to stay in a push-up position for an hour, causing their hands to swell. She also made the child sleep on the floor of a closet. 

She was charged at the time with child cruelty but eventually had her children returned to her.  



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