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House Of Horrors: THIRTEEN Children Rescued From Imprisonment And Torture In California


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Parents are jailed after authorities found kids "shackled to beds" and living in filth.

Emily Zanotti

January 15, 2018

Thirteen children were rescued Sunday from what authorities could only describe as a "house of horrors" — a filthy home in Parris, California where they were kept shackled to beds and imprisoned by their parents.

David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were taken to jail where they remained Monday, "booked on charges of torture and child endangerment," according to a local NBC affiliate. They are being held on a $9 million bond.

Authorities discovered the horrific scene when one of the Turpin's older daughters managed to escape the home and call police on a cell phone she'd stolen from her parents, alerting authorities that her "siblings were still being held captive at their home, some of them shackled with chains and padlocks to their beds."

Officers from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said that although the woman gave her age as 17, they first believed her to be "only ten years old" because she was so badly malnourished.







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David Turpin & Louise Turpin: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin, a former California engineer and his homemaker wife, are accused of shackling some of their 13 starving children to beds with chains and padlocks in “dark and foul-smelling surroundings,” in an alleged house of horrors that was discovered when one of the teenagers escaped.

Authorities say that the deeply religious Perris, California couple, who ran a day school for their kids out of their home and were beset with financial problems in recent years, abused and tortured their children, who ranged in age from 2 to 29, according to a press release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The bizarre and troubling allegations were detailed in the release on January 15, 2018, after the couple’s 17-year-old daughter escaped and led authorities to the other children. The escaped teenager was so emaciated that authorities thought the teen was only 10-years-old at first, the press release says, describing a real-life tale almost reminiscent of Flowers in the Attic, in which children were kept from the outside world. However, people who knew the family, including the Elvis impersonator who helped them renew their vows in 2015, said that nothing seemed amiss at that time, although they were a memorable family due to their size and matching clothing.


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