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Seven naked and starving children have been rescued after being found locked inside a filthy, horror flat.

The kids, aged between three and seven, were left in the care of a 13-year-old girl, who is the sister of the children's two mothers when police officers found them locked inside the property in Macapá, Brazil, on June 4.

Officials said they were filthy, starving, unclothed and also had the flu.

They also showed signs of anaemia and wounds on their bodies.

According to the child protective services, one of the boys has autism, and they are all now receiving medical treatment.

The teen who was with the kids when cops arrived had been told to look after them and lie about her age if anybody asked, by claiming she was 17.

The children had been locked inside the house without adult supervision by their mothers, who also live in the property.

According to the officials who went to the house and rescued the youngsters, the property was dirty and there was no running water, drinking water, food, cooker or fridge inside.

Officials from the police and the child protective services said they first went to the house after receiving anonymous tip-offs about the children's situation.

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Locals had to help them to cut through a metal gate to gain access to the youngsters, who were subsequently taken into care.

The 13-year-old girl informed the officials that her two older sisters were the respective mothers of the seven siblings – one of three children and the other of four.

The officials did not manage to locate the women at first, but later the two mothers contacted the child protective services to get their children back.

They were only able to present documentation for two of the minors.

The child protective services had also tried to locate the children's fathers and grandparents.

However, they were also deemed unfit to take the youngsters, who currently remain in care.

The police are investigating the case.

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