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Police collect donations for twins, 4, found bound, gagged, duct-taped to wall

Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police president, Sgt. Dan Hils, says the officers that recently worked a case in College Hill felt it was one of the worse cases of child abuse they'd seen. (Source: WXIX) Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police president, Sgt. Dan Hils, says the officers that recently worked a case in College Hill felt it was one of the worse cases of child abuse they'd seen. (Source: WXIX)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

As much as Cincinnati police see in their line work, even they were shocked and horrified when they responded to a College Hill apartment where a father and his fiance are charged with cruelly abusing twin 4-year-old boys.

The small children were found tied up with a belt and shoelaces, gagged with socks and duct-taped to a wall in a Hamilton Avenue apartment about 3 p.m. Sunday, according to police records.

A medical examination determined one child had spots on his skin due to bleeding: on his neck, ankles, face, arms and ears, juvenile court records show.

Both children also were significantly underweight and had significant speech, growth and developmental delays.

Officers felt it was one of the worst cases of child abuse they'd ever seen and were compelled to do something to help the young victims, said the police union president.

Donations started showing up at the police union hall on Central Parkway Wednesday.

"These officers, they're human too. Their hearts broke, and they wanted to do something," said Sgt. Dan Hils, president of the union that represents Cincinnati police. 

"It's just the police district isn't set up receive donations or whatever, so temporarily I said 'If somebody want's to drop something off at the FOP hall, they can.'"

The public can bring donations to the FOP hall at 1900 Central Parkway weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Hils requests that donation checks be made out to ProKids Cincinnati, and maybe make a notation in the memo line that it is for the 4-year-old twins.

Checks also can be dropped off or mailed to ProKids at 2605 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati,  Ohio, 45219.

The boys' father, James Howell, Jr., 26, and his fiance, Jamie Carver, 30, are locked up on high bonds following their arrests Sunday night.

Howell and Carver are each face charges of kidnapping and child endangering.

A third person also was arrested in connection with the case.

Rowdy Warren, 30, is accused of lying to police and delaying them from their investigation.

The boys are in state custody and staying in a foster home.

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