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Neighbors heard screaming at home where mentally disabled man was tortured

March 25, 2011 |  7:35 am

60398908 Police are trying to sort out the details in what they are describing as a disturbing case in which two Santa Monica residents allegedly tortured and abused a mentally disabled adult male inside their apartment.

The 26-year-old man appeared to be emaciated and had numerous cuts, abrasions and bruises over his body, including his genitalia, according to the Santa Monica Police Department. He was described by police as having "diminished mental capacity."

The man told police that he had been held against his will at a home in the 3000 block of Santa Monica Avenue, Sgt. Jay Trisler said in a statement.

Trisler said police arrested Francisco Gerardo Rodriguez, 25, and Maria Leyva Jasmilet, 26, in connection with the alleged abuse.

Neighbors in the apartment complex told Fox 11 they had heard yelling and screaming from the apartment in the last few days.

The suspects' two children -- ages 5 and 7 -- were taken into protective custody and turned over to the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

Police said the case was ongoing and asked anyone with information to call Sgt. Ira Rutan at (310) 458-8959 or Investigator Hee Seok Ahn at (310) 458-8452.

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Photo: Francisco Gerardo Rodriguez (left) and Maria Leyva Jasmilet booking photos. Credit: KTLA-TV and the Santa Monica Police Department

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