Couple Charged With Torturing, Abusing Their Children

Prosecutor Parents chained children for months at a time

California siblings chained, taunted with food and given 1 shower a year: DA

Among the charges filed against the Perris couple are 12 counts of torture, seven counts of abuse of a dependent adult, six counts of child abuse and 12 counts of false imprisonment. David Turpin is additionally charged with one count of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old.

They are charged with torture and child endangerment, and scheduled for a court hearing Thursday. The Turpins' next court date is February 23.

David and Louise Turpin are in jail on a $9 million bond.

Announcing the charges against the couple, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin, referred to the alleged crimes as "severe, emotional, physical abuse. this is depraved conduct".

"If you can imagine being 17 years old and appearing to be a 10-year-old, being chained to a bed, being malnourished and injuries associated with that, I would call that torture", Fallows said, explaining the possible charge face by the parents. In fact, Coleman said, no state has strong protections and enforcement for home-schooled children. They said they were shocked by the allegations. "Our clients are presumed to be innocent, and that is a very important presumption". "It applies to us and it applies to our clients".

According to the sheriff's department, a 17-year-old girl fled the house in the 100 block of Muir Woods Road early Sunday morning and was able to call 911 using a cellphone she had taken from the home. "She escaped through a window and took one of her siblings with her". Flores said that at the time, she was very young and treated as if she was a child. The Child Protection Office has begun an investigation. Numerous children did not know what a police officer was. "These individuals sleep all day and are up all night".

"These were a form of punishment meted out on these children and these adults", Mr Hestrin said. The couple apparently had enough money. Sometimes they would leave food items like pies on the counter but would not let the starving children touch it.

Public records indicate that the couple have lived at the Perris address since 2010 and lived in Texas for many years before coming to California.

The parents, Fellows said, showed no signs mental illness.

Deputies found some of the children chained to furniture when they entered.

According to the New York Post, 49-year-old Louise Turpin allegedly kept her two Maltese-mix dogs in "good condition" as her kids - ranging in age from 2 to 29 - went malnourished in reprehensible living conditions at what has been described as the family's "house of horrors" in Perris. She told authorities she and her other siblings were held captive by their parents.

It was simply in the wake of liberating them that delegates found that seven of who they thought were seriously gaunt children, were really grown-ups "going in age from 18 to 29". They said the kids would emerge occasionally at the same time to work on the lawn and would head back in together.

The arrests were made after one of the 13 siblings called police and said her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive. But at the time of the Tuesday press conference, she said no relatives had come forward. The inspectors would interview students privately so that they could feel safe talking about any abuse and would review the educational plan and a portfolio of the student's work to see whether the parents are actually teaching.

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