New details continue to emerge in the case of a Minnesota man accused of chaining up his twin daughters for years, while beating and raping them. Police were called to the home at least 50 times, yet it took years before the victims were removed from the home.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 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.
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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.
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.
“I am so afraid of my parents. I never want to be with them again,” one of the twins said, according to the Pioneer Press. “It feels so good to not be chained to the bed, raped and beaten every day.”
According to a experts at the Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, the twins physical and emotional injuries were “clinically diagnostic of torture.”
A psychologist at the clinic said that the twin 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.
CBS Crimesider reports that since 2011, police have been called to the family home for domestic abuse and welfare checks over 50 times, according to police records. It’s still unclear if the responding officers turned over the records to social workers.
Neighbors indicated they were frustrated that it took years for authorities to rescue the victims after witnessing one of the twins being pushed out of the home in only a bra and underwear. In another instance, a neighbor witnessed one of the twins sleeping outside on a porch after being locked out of her home.
Further, Curry is accused of selling one of his twin daughters for sex in exchange for drugs.
The children’s mother, Sheila Wilson, who had limited legal guardianship, was arrested and charged with criminal neglect. Curry is behind bars and charged with abuse of a vulnerable adult, child endangerment, assault, and criminal sexual conduct.
[Feature Photo: Jerry Lee Curry/Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office]