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Twin Girls Found Abused And Malnourished In Yakima Home

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 YAKIMA, WA.- Yakima Police arrested Kai Martinez earlier this month on charges that she locked up her daughters in a room, without food, for weeks.

Two twin 8-year-old girls were found abused and weighing less than forty pounds in this duplex on North 9th Street in Yakima.

Court documents show that officers found the girls after Martinez's aunt contacted Yakima Police.

Police say the girls needed immediate medical attention, they were extremely skinny and their arms were no wider than an inch.

We spoke with neighbors in the area who say they used to see the girls playing outside, but a few weeks ago, they disappeared.

“The kids? I haven't seen them, you know I usually see them out there playing but I haven't seen them in a while,” neighbor Monica Stockwell told KNDO.

Officers found Martinez hiding in a closet in the duplex. Martinez told officers she knew the girls were malnourished, but she felt no maternal bond toward them.

The girls had been in foster care most of their lives; they had just been released back to Martinez in December of 2013. 

A neighbor living in the duplex told us she was shocked to hear the girls had been abused. 

“That parents get to that low point where nothing matters anymore, it's just sad that she had to put her kids in that environment. It's just sad it's really sad,” Sarah Perry told KNDO.

Police also found other children in Martinez's care; they were taken into protective custody. 

Monica Stockwell, the neighbor across the street, told us as a mother she can't imagine the type of pain the girls went through. 

“I just don't understand how somebody could do that to a child you know they feel pain and hurt so something like that, that's just awful.”

According to family members the girls are doing better, they're currently being treated at Harborview in Seattle and they're expected to make a full recovery.