Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

13 sib­lings found starved, chained in Cal­i­for­nia home

- Reuters let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

PER­RIS: A Cal­i­for­nia cou­ple has been charged with tor­ture af­ter po­lice res­cued their 13 mal­nour­ished chil­dren from a home where some of them had been chained to beds, and neigh­bours on Mon­day de­scribed the fam­ily as shut-ins who shunned so­cial con­tact.

Po­lice made the dis­cov­ery af­ter a 17-year-old girl es­caped the house in Per­ris, about 113 km east of Los An­ge­les, and used a cell phone she had found in the house to call them, the River­side County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said.

“Deputies lo­cated what they be­lieved to be 12 chil­dren in­side the house, but were shocked to dis­cover that seven of them were ac­tu­ally adults,” po­lice said in a state­ment. “The vic­tims ap­peared to be mal­nour­ished and very dirty.”

The chil­dren ranged in age from 2 to 29, po­lice said.

The girl, who of­fi­cers had ini­tially thought was about 10 years old, con­tacted po­lice on Sun­day af­ter es­cap­ing the one-story house.

The par­ents, David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were ar­rested and each charged with nine counts of tor­ture and 10 counts of child en­dan­ger­ment. They were or­dered held on $9 mil­lion bail each.

Neigh­bours said the Turpins and their chil­dren rarely emerged from their un­kempt home in the new built devel­op­ment of closely spaced sin­gle­fam­ily houses.

Po­lice said six of the cou­ple’s chil­dren were mi­nors, while the other seven were over 18.

The Turpins are due in court on Thurs­day.

 ?? AFP ?? The Turpins’ house in Per­ris, Cal­i­for­nia.
AFP The Turpins’ house in Per­ris, Cal­i­for­nia.

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