Marion Austin, 20, and Jordan Lanie Swenson, 19, have been arrested and accused of abusing their infant twin children. They are each being held on $1 million bond after police realized what they were doing to the babies.
The twins – a boy and a girl – were born in January, and the abuse continued for months.
The teen parents are accused to beating their tiny children, almost to death.
According to court documents, the young couple would “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.”
The twin babies – a boy and a girl – were born on Jan. 22. The abuse occurred from the time of their births up until April 27, according to court records.
A Department of Human Resources supervisor alerted authorities on April 27 about the abuse. Austin and Swenson had taken the children to a local hospital, where they were admitted into the Intensive Care Unit.
Medical staff saw a bite mark on the baby girl’s face, and diagnosed her with severe respiratory distress. The boy suffered fractured ribs, according to reports.
Both babies had severe bruising on their head and face areas. The girl also had a torn frenulum.
The twins have since been released from the hospital, and have been placed in the care of family members by the Department of Human Resources.
On June 8, 2016, St. Clair County District Judge Alan C. Furr reduced the bond for Austin and Swenson to $100,000 each, according to court records. The judge ordered the couple to have no contact with the twin babies, or any other children under the age of 15.
As the couple faces the judge, police are expecting more horrifying stories to come out of this.