Md. parents allegedly locked up autistic twin sons

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Autistic Men-Parents Charged

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

Court records show John and Janice Land are free on bond after they were charged Friday with two counts each of vulnerable adult abuse and false imprisonment.

Charging documents say Montgomery County police went to the home to serve an unrelated search warrant Thursday and noticed a strong smell of urine.

John Land allegedly told police his sons were non-verbal and sometimes ran away. Authorities say he told investigators they began locking them in from 10 p.m. to 4:45 a.m. about six years ago.

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

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