Twin Sisters' Chilling Childhood
The decision not to call the police immediately is something Shelly says haunts her. "It is the deepest regret of my life. I've cried so many hours since," she says. "I would encourage anyone to tell no matter how [the victims] plead for you not to tell. They want you to tell."
Once the police arrived, Kellie and Kathie were too terrified to repeat what they had told Shelly, but soon enough, the truth came out. Police removed all the children from the home that very night, and within 48 hours, both Andrew and Matthew were arrested. Five days after that, Brad, the twins' father, was also behind bars.
The arrests sparked a complex range of emotions in the twins.
"I felt relieved that they were locked up. We knew we were safe," Kellie says. "[But] I felt guilty because I was really close to my mother, and I didn't want our family to be torn apart."