13 tortured, starved California children rescued from parents

17 January, 2018, 02:02 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • 13 tortured, starved California children rescued from parents

The Californian torturing couple was brought on charged of child endangerment and torture and are being held on a $9 million bond.

After interviewing the teen, investigators went to the residence and contacted her parents, identified as 56-year-old David Allen Turpin and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin, according to the release. The sheriff's office said that the 17-year-old girl who called 911 looked to be 10 years old.

In what the Riverside County Sheriff's Department described as a shocking discovery in a Perris house, 12 people were found chained and padlocked to their beds Sunday, Jan. 14, with the seven adults so emaciated that they initially appeared to be children.

Share this article: Louise Ann Turpin (left) and her husband David Allen Turpin. And like the sheriff's deputies who found the victims Sunday, someone seeing the pictures may be surprised any of the children were in their 20s.

"They would require stabilization, and in cases of starvation, we would have to slowly start to feed them to avoid any problems that (feeding) them may cause", said Dr. Sophia Grant of the Riverside University Health System.

"They're stable, they're being fed", he said.

Neighbor Julio Reyes, 38, told AFP: "We've seen a couple of teenagers maybe past year mowing the lawn, and you know they put some Christmas decorations".

They looked to be malnourished and filthy, authorities said.

Its address is also listed in a state Department of Education directory as the location of the Sandcastle Day School, a private K-12 campus.

"Why don't we ever see the kids?" she said.

David Turpin's parents, James and Betty Turpin of West Virginia, told ABC News they are "surprised and shocked" by the allegations against their son and daughter-in-law, saying they can not understand "any of this".

Many of wondered why neighbors never noticed how badly the children were treated, but many thought the children were quiet but in no immediate danger.

The sheriff's captain says deputies had never been to the home and neither had social service workers.

David and Louise Turpin appeared to have had marriage-renewal ceremonies at least three times, in 2011, 2013 and 2015, at an Elvis Presley-themed chapel in Las Vegas, according to the chapel's YouTube page.

James and Betty Turpin told ABC they were considered a good Christian family in their community and that "God called on them" to have so many children. Both were detained, with bail set at $9 million U.S. each.

The Turpin family celebrate David and Louise renewing their wedding vows.

David Turpin, was worked as a $140,000-per-year aerospace engineer for Northrup Grumann, and his wife apparently hailed from West Virginia and had lost a Texas farm to the first of two bankruptcies before moving to Perris, where they purchased their 2623-square-foot house for $310,000 in 2014. Investigators didn't have any immediate information to suggest sexual abuse and there was no indication of mental illness in the family, but many questions still remain, Fellows said. "We would talk on the phone from time to time, but every time I would ask to talk to her kids, she wouldn't let me", the sister said.

Six of the children are minors, while the other seven are over 18, according to police.



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