Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

California hostage suspect from West Virginia; parents speak out

Prosecutor Parents chained children for months at a time California siblings chained, taunted with food and given 1 shower a year: DA
Freda Brock | 19 January, 2018, 08:05

David and Louise Turpin were arrested after their 17-year-old daughter called police, claiming she had escaped from the house where she and her 12 siblings were being held captive.

"If you can imagine being 17 years old and appearing to be a 10-year-old, being chained to a bed, being malnourished ..."

They responded to the family's Perris, Calif., home, where they found her dozen siblings - ages 2 to 29 - were underfed and some were shackled up.

Cops later found "a few youngsters shackled to their beds with chains and latches in a boring and noxious environment".

A Riverside County couple were arrested on suspicion of torture and child abuse after police found several of their children chained to beds in putrid surroundings, authorities said Monday.

A police statement said the parents did not give any logical reason why their children were being held in such appalling conditions. The parents are being held at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on $9 million bail each.

David's parents James and Betty told KABC they were "surprised and shocked" by the allegations against David and Louise. The children were said to be living in a deplorable condition and also seemed to have been starved. All victims appeared dirty and malnourished.

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Media outlets cited the Turpins' neighbors as saying that "they seemed like the ideal family".

The group were found in a neighbourhood of closely spaced one and two-storey, single-family homes.

The Turpins only allowed their children to shower once per year and denied them food, Hestrin said.

The couple filed for bankruptcy twice.

They said they hadn't seen their son and daughter-in-law since visiting them in California some four to five years ago. All of the children in the home were reportedly taken to the hospital for treatment.

Social workers had never visited either, said Susan von Zabern, director of the county Department of Public Social Services.

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