David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49 have been arrested for torture and child endangerment. Early Sunday morning, one of their 13 children whom they “held captive” by chaining them to beds, escaped and called 911 to report her parents holding her other siblings hostage. The escaped 17 year old girl was so starved that the officers initially thought she was around 10 years old. Inside of the home, officers found the other 12 siblings ranging from age 2-29 all shackled to bed surrounded by filth and foul smells. Seven were adults and the rest under the age of 18. They all appeared malnourished and dirty.
It is unknown how long this has been going on. Each parent is being held on bail of 9 million dollars each. The investigation is ongoing.
Photo Source: Riverside County Sheriffs Dept.
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