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I wonder if there may be more horrors that have not been told yet?

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Its hard to believe that this sort of things happen today.What kind of people could do these things to their children,they are not in their right minds.I  hope these kids make it,I am sure this will be a long hard battle for them,praying for all of them.

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@MarkeieMark wrote:

I heard on the radio this morning that one neighbor said the children could sometimes be seen in the middle of the night marching back and forth in the second floor window.

 

You would think one maybe would have asked the 'father' about that.  I sure would have.

 

 


@MarkeieMark, and the neighbor said it went on for hours.

 

Another neighbor said she would see the kids outside, late at night, doing yard work.  Like 11:00 at night.   

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What I don't understand is this.  In one of the houses the family rented, the landlord said when they moved out, the house was disgusting.  There were things on the walls, etc.  and they said they saw shackles or something like it attached to a bed. 

 

Did they notify the police?  Would you?  Or would you assume the parents were into some kinky things?  

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This story just sickens me. Clearly the parents must have mental issues. 

 

I just read the children were allowed to eat only one rationed meal a day and shower just twice a year. 

 

 


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I would have notified the police if I saw those things.  

 

It's just heartbreaking to imagine what those kids have gone through all these years.

 

 

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@lainey1   I just read that, too, and thought that probably their showers were saved for Disneyland or the Las Vegas "weddings". Those poor children. Praise the Lord that one of the daughters had the bravery to sneak out and call 911.

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I'm in disbelief listening to the news about this case...hog-tied, chained, pad-locked, shackled and starved. There isn't a fire in hell hot enough for the parents of these kids.

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PERRIS, Calif. — A couple in Perris beat, strangled and shackled their children for years, the abuse escalating from neglect to torture over time, prosecutors said Thursday.

Formal charges were announced Thursday against the parents accused of abusing their 13 children inside their Perris home.

David Turpin, 56, and Louise Turpin, 49, were charged with multiple felony counts of torture, child abuse, abuse of dependent adults and false imprisonment, Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin announced. David Turpin also was charged with one count of a lewd act on a child by force. If convicted, the couple faces up to 94 years to life in prison. They were arrested this week on suspicion of torture and child endangerment.

“As a prosecutor, there are some cases that haunt you,” Hestrin told reporters Thursday. “Some deal with human depravity, and that’s what we’re dealing with here.”

The Turpins’ 13 children, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were captives in the couple’s tract house on Muir Woods Road and appeared to have undergone years of abuse and starvation, authorities said. Some were shackled to their beds.

Hestrin said the children were forced to sleep during the day and were awake only at night. He said that the teenage girl who escaped from the home and alerted police about conditions inside had been “working on a plan to escape this abuse for more than two years.”

The parents would buy food for themselves, but not allow the children to eat it, Hestrin said. The couple would buy apple pies that only he and his wife ate and toys that sat unopened, he said.

 

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The children were barely allowed to bathe and had not seen a doctor in four years, he said. None of them had ever been to a dentist. If the children washed their hands above their wrists, they were accused of playing with water and would be chained up, Hestrin said. They were shackled and fed on a set schedule.

The parents are charged with 12 counts of torture although there were 13 children because the 2-year-old was getting enough to eat, Hestrin said.

Many of the children did not know what a police officer was, or what medications or pills were, he said. They are all hospitalized and are extremely malnourished. Several have cognitive impairment and neuropathy from sustained physical abuse, he said.

The abuse, Hestrin said, started when the family lived in Fort Worth, Texas. At the time, the parents lived apart from the children and dropped off food for them from time to time, he said. They lived in Texas for 17 years before moving to California.

“The abuse and severe neglect intensified over time and intensified as they moved to California,” Hestrin said.

Prosecutors are looking for more information about what happened in Texas.

“Someone must have seen something. Someone must have noticed something. We need your help,” Hestrin said.

At first they tied the children with ropes. After one was able to escape the ropes, the parents started using chains and padlocks to keep them from leaving their beds.

The children were allowed to write in journals, which Hestrin said would probably be important to understanding the extent of the abuse.

“I think those journals are going to be strong evidence of what occurred in that home,” he said.

At their arraignment in Riverside County Superior Court on Thursday afternoon, David and Louise Turpin pleaded not guilty to all of the charges filed by prosecutors, including torture, abuse and false imprisonment. They couple wore black blazers provided to them by the public defender’s office, and sat separated by their lawyers. They spoke only to acknowledge that they were waiving their rights to a speedy hearing. After the hearing, the Turpins conferred briefly with their attorneys.

David Turpin and Louise Turpin appear in court for their arraignment in Riverside, California U.S. January 18, 2018.© REUTERS/Gina Ferazzi/Pool David Turpin and Louise Turpin appear in court for their arraignment in Riverside, California U.S. January 18, 2018. Authorities learned of the horrors inside the house after a 17-year-old girl called 911 early Sunday, saying she had escaped through a window from her parents’ house, where she and her siblings had been trapped. She used a deactivated cellphone to make the call, Riverside County Sheriff’s Capt. Greg Fellows said at a news conference Tuesday. She had photos to back up her claims.

Sheriff’s deputies were shocked by the girl’s small size and emaciated appearance, thinking she was only 10.

When deputies arrived at the house, it was “extremely dirty,” Fellows said. There was a strong, foul stench. Three young people were in chains. And yet, Fellows said, the children’s mother seemed surprised to see authorities.

“It seemed that the mother was perplexed as to why we were at the residence,” he said.

Sheriff’s deputies had no prior contact with the Turpins or calls from their house, Fellows said. Likewise, police in Murrieta, where the family lived from 2010 to 2014 after leaving Texas, had no interactions with them, said a spokesman for the agency.

Deputies at first assumed from the children’s frail and malnourished appearance that all of them were minors, but later determined that seven were adults, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

The 29-year-old weighs only 82 pounds, Hestrin said.

The house was registered as a home school. At least one of the children attended college classes, Hestrin said. Louise Turpin accompanied him and waited outside the classroom, he said.

“When he was finished with class, she would take him home,” Hestrin said.

County adult and child protective service workers and medical professionals are assessing the siblings, Fellows said. The parents, he said, showed “no indication of mental illness at this time” that could explain what they did to their children.

This makes me cry to think these children were tortured and no onehelped them. Why would anyone do this to innocent children. I hope they rot in H--ll. I hope they get 94 years in prison and hopefully their life will be short lived.

 

 

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I apologize if this has been posted already, but our new tonight said that there are allegations of sexual abuse.


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