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Neighbors Say They Repeatedly Reported Couple In South Mpls. Torture Case

Posted by on Feb. 23, 2018 at 4:21 PM
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By Jennifer MayerleFiled Under:Jennifer MayerleJerry Lee CurryLocal TVMinneapolisSheila Wilson

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Neighbors say they were not surprised to hear about the torture that’s alleged inside a Minneapolis home. In fact, many of them had called 911 numerous times because they were concerned about the couple’s developmentally disabled twin girls.

Prosecutors believe the couple kept the 20-year-olds chained inside their home on 17th Avenue South in Minneapolis. Police arrested Sheila Wilson Friday morning. They arrested Jerry Curry earlier in the week.

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Jerry Lee Curry (credit: Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office)

“The system has to be fixed. This is not how things should work. This should have been resolved years ago,” one neighbor said.

This neighbor witnessed what she calls alarming behavior at the home next door where two 20-year-olds lived with their parents. A younger sibling also lived there.

“There have been a lot of incidences between yelling and screaming at the kids, locking them outside in their bras and underwear. One of them even slept on the back steps a couple of nights,” the neighbor said.

The criminal complaint alleges Wilson and Curry beat the twins with bats and paddles and kept them chained inside. It’s alleged one of the girls was repeatedly raped by Curry. She gave birth to his baby in October.

“It’s just really disgusting. It’s really sad and really disgusting,” the neighbor said.

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Shelia Wilson (credit: Hennepin County)

Neighbors feel frustrated it took years for someone to realize what they feared was happening inside.

“I called the police, between us and the neighbors, we called adult protection, child protection, even animal control. The police had been here when they were locked outside and they just beat on the door and made them, let them back,” the neighbor said.

Documents obtained by WCCO show Minneapolis Police responded to the home more than 50 times since 2011. Reports include a lost child, domestic abuse and welfare checks. The siblings were removed from the home last May after one of the girls escaped and reported the abuse.

On Thursday Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said investigating these cases is complex.

“In most of these kinds of cases the folks being abused are strongly urged at the threat of violence to deny any wrongdoing,” Freeman said.

Freeman did call the couple’s alleged behavior repulsive and horrendous and said his office plans to file for aggravated circumstances to get a longer sentence.

Wilson is being held at the Hennepin County Jail. She’ll go before a judge for the first time on Monday.  Curry remains behind bars with his bail set at $750,000.

Father allegedly raped, beat twins kept in captivity for years

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A father in Minneapolis allegedly raped, starved and beat his twin daughters over the course of several years while keeping them chained to doors and beds — and even fathered two children with one of the girls, both of whom are disabled.

Jerry Lee Curry, 51, surrendered to authorities Wednesday, one day after being charged in Hennepin County District Court with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, abuse of a vulnerable adult, stalking and other crimes after leaving his adult twins — who are now in their early 20s — with injuries “clinically diagnostic of torture,” the Star Tribune reports.

Curry, according to a protective order, fathered two children by one of the twins, with births in June 2014 and October 2017. The woman revealed the extent of her abuse in an order for protection that was granted by a judge last June.

“I don’t remember having enough food,” she wrote. “He forced me to have sex, [and] he has done this to me every day since I was [in my] early teens or so … He did this to my sister also.”

The woman also said she had been “chained to the door and bed every day for as long as I can remember.”

She also endured regular threats of being killed and dumped in the trash until her twin sister escaped and fled to a friend’s home, where she called police in May.

“It [feels] so good today to not be chained to the bed,” the woman continued.

Authorities said Curry’s abuse was motivated by one of his daughters becoming sexually active and his belief that they were eating too much food. The twin who gave birth suffers from a “mild to moderate” level of intellectual disability while the other woman is even more intellectually diminished, behaving like a 6- to 7-year-old child, according to a criminal complaint.

The twin who was not impregnated told authorities that Curry repeatedly chained her by the ankle to her parents’ bedroom door “to prevent her from seeing men” and to deny her food. The abuse would sometimes last for days and Curry would severely beat her while she was chained. The woman said her twin suffered the same abuse.

A review of the women’s injuries revealed that one had a “largely detached” left ear and scars to her forehead, scalp and back, wounds she said she received from being beaten by Curry with a bat and a paddle.

The twice-impregnated teen said Curry “routinely raped” her when her mother was not at home, sometimes with fists, bats and brooms. DNA samples taken from Curry and the woman have confirmed that Curry is both the father of her daughter and the biological father of the twins, according to the criminal complaint.

One of the twins said she was sometimes chained while naked and forced to lie in pools of her own feces and urine — and those chains were so tight, she nearly lost both legs to gangrene, according to an order of protection.

Curry — who also abused the mother of the victims, according to the order of protection — is even accused of forcing one of the twins to assault the other.

Police are trying to locate the mother of the twins. Her father said he had not seen her for at least a month.

Curry, who has previous convictions for drunken driving and assault, remains held on $750,000 bail ahead of his first court appearance, scheduled for Thursday.

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by Ruby Member on Feb. 23, 2018 at 4:24 PM
Wow. That’s so fucked up.
by Anonymous 1 on Feb. 23, 2018 at 4:25 PM
by Gold Member on Feb. 23, 2018 at 4:26 PM
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So there was a mother around?
by Anonymous 2 on Feb. 23, 2018 at 4:31 PM
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But the poor abused mother was just an innocent victim and people who haven’t been in that situation will never understand. She definitely doesn’t share any blame here.

Sarcasm. That was all fucking sarcasm.
by Platinum Member on Feb. 23, 2018 at 4:35 PM
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Like couldn't the cops have accidentally shot him trying to resist arrest or something. No good outcome for this guy. The poor public defenders, that have to work with guys like this, ugh, awful.
by Platinum Member on Feb. 23, 2018 at 4:35 PM

Death is too good for him, if it's true.  Let him stay alive and suffer half the torture he inflicted on others.

by Platinum Member on Feb. 23, 2018 at 4:36 PM
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The mother and the father need to be taken out to the desert and left to die.
by Platinum Member on Feb. 23, 2018 at 4:37 PM
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and the mother did nothing???  She gets worse.

by Platinum Member on Feb. 23, 2018 at 4:37 PM

Sometimes words escape me.

by Anonymous 3 on Feb. 23, 2018 at 4:39 PM
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