Parents Charged with Keeping Adult Autistic Sons Locked in Basement at Night

By Brian Shields

Tue Jul 22nd, 2014 7:31am America/Los_Angeles

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Police in Maryland say a couple kept their autistic, 22-year-old twin sons locked in a basement room at night with no furniture and only a tiny window for light.

Court records show John and Janice Land are facing vulnerable adult abuse and false imprisonment charges and are free on bond.

Montgomery County police allegedly went to the home to serve an unrelated search warrant Thursday and found the locked room with the twins inside.

John Land allegedly told police his sons were non-verbal and sometimes ran away. Police say he acknowledged locking them in the room from 10 p.m. to 4:45 a.m. Police say Janice Land said her sons had used the room for six years.

No phone number is listed for the couple’s home. No defense attorney is listed in online court records.

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