I have to respectfullly disagree with you here.Claire and Lola were never people or children. They were nothing. In this case there was just misery and feces everywhere.
Claire and Lola were born to human parents and had human DNA. What else could they have been?
It has been said a lot here, that the girls were barely human or sub-human.
It brings us to the question of what makes a person human.
When we start excluding people from being categorically human, based on arbitrary criteria (such as the ability to be self-aware, or lacking facial deformities) we risk tumbling down a slippery slope, and grant ourselves license to literally de-humanize others.
Thank you for acknowledging my point of view.