An Alabama couple was arrested on May 3 and later charged with the aggravated abuse of their twin infants. Jordan Lanie Swenson, 19, and Marion Austin Dycus, 20, were then held on $1 million bond, according to AL.com.
Court records related to Swenson and Dycus’ case indicate that the couple’s twins were severely and cruelly abused from the time of their birth through April 27. The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office and the Alabama Department of Human Resources led the investigation.
The DHR had notified the St. Clair Sheriff’s Office on April 27 after the parents had transported the infants to the Intensive Care Unit in Children’s of Alabama.
Hospital workers reportedly saw a bite mark on the daughter, who was also in severe respiratory distress and had a torn frenulum (the fold of skin between the lips and gums under the tongue).
- Reports indicate that the son had fractured ribs, and both children had heavy bruising on their heads and faces.
- WVTM reported that the children were later released to other family members.
A warrant in the case says that early on, the couple started to “torture, willfully abuse, cruelly beat, or otherwise willfully maltreat the child by causing physical injury which created the substantial risk of death on multiple occasions.”
- Mad World News reported on May 25 that the couple is headed to prison.
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