Starved twins found in New York

March 10, 2005 at 10:53 AM

LAKE CARMEL, N.Y., March 10 (UPI) -- Authorities in Putnam County, N.Y., have arrested the parents of 7-year-old twins who were starved to half the normal weight for their age.

Acting on a tip, authorities investigated the Lake Carmel home and found the twins, Cassidy Rose and John James Giordano, living in squalor. Cassidy Rose reportedly weighed less than 41 points and her brother less than 30 pounds, the New York Post reported Thursday.

Neighbors of the Giordanos said they were not even aware the twins and their mother, Eda, lived in the house along with James Giordano, and had not seen them leave the house for several years.

Neighbor Glenn Decker said she had not seen the mother or twins leave the house since one year after they were brought home from the hospital.

The Giordanos are free on misdemeanor charges of child endangerment, while the twins are in the custody of authorities after being treated at a Westchester County hospital.

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