Grandfather of special needs brothers kept in Rockville basement: ‘They weren’t imprisoned’

July 23, 2014 2:32 AM

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Grandfather of special needs brothers kept in Rockville basement: ‘They weren’t imprisoned’

On Thursday, Montgomery County Police served a search warrant at John and Janice Land's home along the 1600 block of Crawford Drive in Rockville. Police were looking for drugs, but instead found the Lands’ two 22-year-old sons, who have autism, locked inside a tiny basement enclosure. Police arrested the Lands on charges of vulnerable adult abuse and attempted false imprisonment.

According to charging documents filed in Montgomery County District Court, police noticed an "overwhelming smell of urine coming from the room." There was no furniture for either brother to sit or sleep on, just a comforter covering the hard tile floor. There was also neither working electricity, no...

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