Par­ents held in torture probe as 13 kids found in chains and starv­ing

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The pre­sen­ter then jok­ingly an­nounced the head­line: “Good Morn­ing Bri­tain’s Piers Mor­gan sneaks a cheeky look at Su­sanna Reid’s cleav­age as he com­pli­ments her plung­ing dress.”

He added: “They’re very quick off the mark with these kind of things. I’m not look­ing at your cleav­age.

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The chil­dren, ages two to 29, “ap­peared to be mal­nour­ished and very dirty,” ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cers who ar­rested the par­ents.

David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, each were held on £6.5mil­lion bail and could face charges in­clud­ing torture and child en­dan­ger­ment.

Neigh­bours said they were stunned by the ar­rests.

An­drew San­til­lan, who lives nearby, heard about the case from a friend.

He told re­porters: “I had no idea this was go­ing on. I didn’t know there were kids in the house.”

An­other neigh­bour, An­dria Valdez, said she had seen the chil­dren be­fore, jok­ing that they were like the vam­pire fam­ily in the Twi­light books and films be­cause they were “re­ally, re­ally pale” and “only came out at night”. SKINT: But fam­ily loved vis­its to Dis­ney­land

Other neigh­bours de­scribed the fam­ily as in­tensely pri­vate.

A few years ago, Robert Perkins said he and his mother saw a few fam­ily mem­bers con­struct­ing a Na­tiv­ity scene in the Turpins’ front yard. Mr Perkins said he com­pli­mented them on it.

“They didn’t say a word,” he said.

The fam­ily was de­scribed as be­ing very re­li­gious and say that the “very strict home school­ing” would in­volve the chil­dren hav­ing to mem­o­rise long Bible pas­sages.

The Turpins filed for bank­ruptcy in 2011, stat­ing in court the doc­u­ments they owed be­tween £72,500 and £362,000, it has been re­ported.

At that time, Mr Turpin worked as an en­gi­neer and earned £100,000 a year.

Their bank­ruptcy lawyer, Ivan Tra­han, told news­men he never met the chil­dren but the cou­ple “spoke about them highly”.

“We re­mem­ber them as a very nice cou­ple,” Mr Tra­han said, adding that Louise Turpin told him the fam­ily loved Dis­ney­land and vis­ited of­ten.

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