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Parents chained their 13 kids to beds in dark room leaving them starving and dirty

By Alexis Bell 1:53 PM January 17, 2018
David Turpin and Louise Turpin with children

Police officers were shocked to find 12 kids and young adults dirty and hungry in their parents’ home, according to police in California.

Early on Sunday morning, a 17-year old girl escaped from her locked room situated in the 100 Block of Muir Woods Road in Perris and managed to call 911 from a cell phone she found inside the house.

The teenager claimed that her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive inside the residence by her parents and further claimed some of her siblings were bound with chains and padlocks.

When police officers from the Perris Police Department and Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department met with the juvenile, she appeared to be only 10-years-old and slightly emaciated.

After a brief interview with the girl, they contacted her parents, 57-year old David Allen Turpin and 49-year old Louise Anna Turpin at the residence where the teenager escaped.

Further investigation revealed several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings.

The parents were unable to immediately provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that manner.

Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house but were shocked to discover that 7 of them were actually adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29.

The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty.

Perris Station Detectives were dispatched to the residence for further investigation.

All 13 victims, ranging from the age of 2 to 29, were transported to the Perris Station and interviewed.

Both parents were detained and transported to the station for further investigation.

Child Protective Services (CPS) and Adult Protective Services (APS) arrived to assist in the investigation.

The victims were provided with food and beverages after they claimed to be starving.

The six children were eventually transported to the Riverside University Hospital System (RUHS) for medical examinations and admitted for treatment.

The seven adult children were transported to Corona Regional Medical Center for an examination and admitted for medical treatment.

Both parents were interviewed in this matter and subsequently transported to the Robert Presley Detention Center.

They were charged with torture and child endangerment.

Bail was set at $9 million each.

Neighbors were shocked to learn about the abuse.

They said that the family looked totally normal and they had no idea the kids were starving and dirty.

They did admit that the two suspects were loners and kept to themselves.