New details continue to emerge in the case of a Minnesota man accused of keeping his twin daughters chained up inside a small home in Minneapolis while repeatedly raping and beating them.
The Star Tribune reports that the twin sisters are now in their 20s and live with limited behavioral and mental capacity after their father, 51-year-old Jerry Lee Curry, reportedly abused them for at least 10 years. In May, one of the twins managed to escape the south Minneapolis home and hide out in a Salvation Army shelter until authorities found her.
On Tuesday, charges filed against the suspect revealed that he impregnated one of the twins twice, resulting in one child being born in June 2014. Another child was born in October 2017. He also reportedly beat another daughter, 10, but the abuse was not as severe as what he doled out to the twins. Police arrested Curry and are now trying to find the victims’ mother, 48-year-old Shelia M. Wilson, to see if she can shed additional insight into the situation.
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According to court documents, the abuse started when one of the twins began a sexual relationship with a boyfriend, and after Curry allegedly thought the girls were eating too much. The twin who gave birth to two of her father’s children wrote that he started raping her when she was a teen.
“I don’t ever remember having enough food. He forced me to have sex, [and] he has done this to me every day since I was [in my] early teens or so. He did this to my twin sister also.”
She added that not only was she “chained to the door and bed every day for as long as I can remember,” but that her father regularly threatened her with violence.
After being removed from the home, it took around nine months for all of the children open up and explain what they lived through.
According to a experts at the Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, the twins physical and emotional injuries were “clinically diagnostic of torture.” Further, a psychologist that the twin who was impregnated by her father had “severely diminished intellectually” and behaved as a child of age six or seven would. The other twin was diagnosed with a “mild to moderate” intellectual disability. Both girls are unable to live alone and take care of themselves.
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According to the woman who rented out the home to the suspect, the twins’ mom is “mentally handicapped.”
Previous reports indicate that police were called to home several times in the past for domestic assault issues. In one instance, the mother reported one of the twins was reported missing on May 1, 2017. She was later found at a shelter with signs of significant physical abuse. Eight days later, authorities removed the younger sister and the other twin from the home.
Within a month, the first twin who left the home began opening up on what happened in the home. She said Curry chained her up with a metal dog chain so she couldn’t leave the home, then started denying her food. Curry would then allegedly “beat her bloody” and leave her chained up for days at a time. A medical examination revealed that the twin had a detached ear, along with scars, bruises, and cuts, and a chronic limp from being chained up too tightly by her ankle.
The other twin also showed signs of abuse and admitted that Curry would beat her brooms and bats. A DNA test revealed that both of her children were fathered by Curry.
The 10-year-old didn’t show any signs of physical abuse when examined, but she said her father once hit her in the face with a golf club. She also said he forced her to hit her older sisters. Curry also allegedly beat the children’s mother, often leaving her bloody and bruised.
Police continue to look for Wilson. Meanwhile, she’s been charged with two felony counts of child neglect and one gross misdemeanor count of child neglect.
All three children are now in protective custody. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said the alleged abuse was “as repugnant and horrifying as anything I have seen in my 18 years as a county attorney.”
[Feature Photo: Jerry Lee Curry/Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office]