Young twin girls rescued from an abusive home are currently staying with their relatives. The two children, only eight years old, were said to have suffered extreme neglect from their 28-year-old mom, Kai Martinez. Canada Journal News reports this Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, that the mother is now facing several abuse counts and has been separated from all of her kids.
Police have confirmed the twin girls were severely malnourished in the Yakima, Washington, home. They had been locked in their bedroom for a prolonged period of time, say officials, and are currently in the process of slowly recovering. Their discovery shocked the rescuers, their relatives, as the young victims appeared almost skeleton-like in appearance.
According to People News, each of the twins weighed no more than 40 pounds. Police said the eight-year-olds’ weight loss was drastic as it was tragic. The children’s arms, for example, were stated to be “no wider than an inch.” The victims were offered sustenance as soon as possible.
“The girls both advised that the food they were currently eating was the first meal they had eaten in ‘quite a while,'” offered the police report. It was difficult to hear the news.
The abusive mother, 28-year-old Kai Martinez, was removed from the home. She is currently facing several first-degree counts of criminal mistreatment and child abuse, as well as second-degree assault on a child. The suspect is currently in jail; her bail has been posted at $100,000.
An update on the report confirms that shortly after the twin girls were rescued from locked rooms, police discovered Martinez hiding in a small residential closet. Other children were said to be saved from the mother’s home at that time, though their names and ages have not been revealed through the affidavit.
In a statement, Martinez acknowledged that her children had been left in “bad health” after being kept in their room without food for so long. She also admitted to not taking care of them properly. Although the children had been left in foster care for a majority of their lives, they had recently returned to live with her in late 2013. Apparently, the abusive mom felt little attachment to her eight-year-old twins.
“Martinez advised that she did not have a ‘bond’ with the girls and didn’t feel a ‘connection’ with them,” the affidavit noted. The other children in this case seemed to be in better health. One of the twins, named MJ, said her mother had tried to “drown” her in the sink in the bathroom past.
“[M.J.] disclosed that Martinez turned on the faucet of the sink and held her head down in the water, so that water was going in her mouth and nose,” it read. She and her sister are currently in the custody of relatives. “This was an intentional assault causing bodily harm greater than transient physical pain or minor temporary marks and it was part of a pattern/practice of assaults and pain/agony that is equivalent to that produced by torture.”