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Mom Arrested After Her Teen Daughters Were Found Being Kept Prisoners In The Home

It had been years since neighbors of one Decatur, Indiana family saw the two girls that lived in a home with their mother. Many locals over the years had tried reporting the odd family situation to police and child services, but nothing was ever done about it. When authorities finally got into the home, what they found was heartbreaking.

The 64-year-old mother kept her two teenage daughters confined to a filthy home for years. The children weren't even allowed to go to school, and their mother failed to educate them.

The girls wouldn't have been discovered if it weren't for their mother taking a spill inside of the home. The woman remained on the floor for hours, injured, but finally relented and called an ambulance. When the mother was gone, two friends of the family went to check on the girls, ages 19 and 16.

The girls were emaciated, pale and with greasy hair. They hadn't eaten for days. They never left the house, had no social skills, and didn't know how to place a food order. The girls were taken to a fast food store by the women for a meal because they hadn't eaten since the day before the woman fell. They then were taken to a grocery store and were mesmerized by the food available.

“I always dreamed of this, going to the store,” the younger child told one of the women.

The two women asked police to go back for a wellness check on the teens. Police arrived and found the house in filthy condition, with a strong stench of what smelled like rotting flesh. They found the two girls and called in a psychologist for the sisters.

The two girls were found to be suffering psychological trauma from 'neglect and isolation', said an affidavit by the psychologist. The sisters had never had 'any meaningful interaction with others' in several years. They had no friends, were never allowed to see family nor were they let out of the house. Neighbors said the last time they’d seen the girls was years ago when they came out onto the driveway to retrieve the mail.

Their mother had only taught them the alphabet and how to count, but other than that they had not been given any education. They were far behind even special needs students. The younger girl told the police 'she felt that her mother was stalling her life', and this made her cry.

“She wanted to be like everyone else: intelligent, respected, have a future and get married,” said an affidavit by the psychologist.

The girl's mother said she pulled the kids from school at a young age because they were shy. She home-schooled them for a while, but eventually gave up and stopped trying.

The mother 'gave up on us a long time ago', said the older girl.

The mother was arrested and released on bond. She’s refusing to comment on the charges.

Source: New York Post
Photo: WANE Screenshot

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