ROCKVILLE, Md. — Police said a couple is facing imprisonment and abuse charges after their 22-year-old autistic twins were found locked in the family's basement.
Montgomery County Police found the men when they went to the house Thursday morning to serve a warrant for an unrelated incident.
According to the Maryland State's Attorney's Office, as officers walked through the home, they came across a basement door that was bolted shut from the outside.
Officers unlocked the door and went inside. According to authorities, they found the twins in the room, which had an overwhelming smell of urine.
The room contained no furniture with only a comforter covering part of the tile floor. There was one light in the room, and it did not function.
According to State's Attorney's documents, the parents, John and Janice Land, told police that the twins had autism. The twins were non-verbal and could only communicate by pointing. The parents said they locked the men in the room to prevent them from leaving the house.
The property has been condemned, and the twins are being evaluated. The parents are now out of jail on bond.
Neighbors did not know much about the twins. Some knew nothing.
"I had only heard from my boyfriend's landlady that they existed. I had never seen them before, never seen them out front," said Sarah Silberto, one of the Lands' neighbors.
Chris King, another neighbor said, "I had no idea they were ever there."