Parents Arrested After Their 13 Kids Were Found Starved & 'Shackled' to Their Beds

Riverside County Sheriff's Office

An absolute horror story out of Perris, California -- just about 70 miles east of Los Angeles -- is making national headlines today. David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested on Sunday, January 14, after police allegedly found several of the couple's 13 children "shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings." The kids range in ages from 2 all the way up to 29.


The parents were each charged with nine counts of torture and 10 counts of child endangerment, according to Reuters. The authorities were tipped off to the beyond disturbing situation after one of their kids, a 17-year-old girl, escaped the house and called 911. Responding officers told ABC News the girl was so emaciated they thought she was 10 years old.

Apparently, neighbors had little to no clue that this was going on. One woman, Kimberly Milligan -- who moved in across the street from the family two years ago -- told Reuters she only saw Louise with an infant and three other children, whom she said looked "small and pale."

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"Why don't we ever see the kids?" Milligan said she asked herself. "In hindsight, we would have never thought this. But there were red flags. You never don't hear or see nine kids."

Meanwhile, David Turpin's parents, James and Betty Turpin of West Virginia, told ABC News they were "surprised and shocked" by the allegations, explaining that David and Louise are considered a good Christian family in their community and that "God called on them" to have as many children as they did.

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Thank goodness light has now been shed on this horrifying situation. Police say the parents are scheduled to appear in court on Thursday and are being held on $9 million bail each.

In the meantime, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department told ABC News the siblings were given food and drinks and interviewed, then hospitalized for treatment.

With hope, these children will be able to get the ongoing care they will most definitely need to recover from this complete and utter nightmare.

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