California family torture case EXPLAINED: What has happened so far?


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California torture mnage: Police found 13 malnourished children in the Turpin home

Officials were made aware of the shocking situation when a 17-year-old girlfriend escaped from the house and called police using a mobile phone.

When policemen entered the suburban home they found several of the 13 siblings “shackled to their beds” in “foul-smelling” working orders. 

Police chief Captain Gregg Fellows said the children had suffered “torture” at the hands of their paters.

He said: “If you can imagine being 17 years old and appearing to be a 10 year old, being bonded to a bed and being malnourished and injuries associated with that, I would dub that torture.”

California Boys in blue said: “Deputies located what they believed to be 12 teenagers inside the house, but were shocked to discover that seven of them were absolutely adults.

“Further investigation revealed several children shackled to their beds with gyves and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings, but the parents were unable to instantaneously provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that politesse.”

The children range in age from two to 29. Six of the children are minors, including the 17-year-old lover, who police initially believed to be 10.

Mr Fellows last night acknowledged the filly’s bravery in managing to free her siblings.

David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna TurpinREUTERS

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He said: “I hope I could come to you today with information that would excuse why this happened.

Further investigation revealed several children shackled to their beds with confinements and padlocks

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“But we do need to acknowledge the courage of the young betrothed who escaped from that residence to bring attention so they could get the servants they so needed.”

Neighbours living on the on Muir Woods Road in Perris, California, believed the children were rarely seen outside the house, with others seemingly surprised that children lived in the house at all. 

Kimberly Milligan, 50, who lives contrary the Turpins, said: “Why don’t we ever see the kids? In hindsight, we would have not in any way thought this, but there were red flags. You never don’t hear or see nine kids.”

Nicole Assets c incriminating evidencing, 35, who has lived in the neighbourhood for three years, said the first continually she saw the family was two months ago when the mother and children were cleaning up their yard, which was harsh of weeds and overflowing trash cans.

She said: “I had never seen them at all until that day.” 

Sherryll Kraizer, a child-abuse preventing expert and the founder of the Coalition for Children, told Reuters: “One of the things that was compelling was, Turpin set up his own home school so the kids were accounted for and not really seen by anybody.”

The California Bailiwick of Education lists the Turpin address, where the family has lived since 2014, as the laying of the Sandcastle Day School, naming David Turpin as principal.

After the set of two’s arrest, pictures emerged of the whole family posing on various day detonates – including one of the couple and the kids at Disneyland, wearing matching T-shirts.

Another arrived the parents getting married in a Las Vagas style ceremony, with the toddlers gathered round the couple wearing matching dresses and suits.

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Turpin gages: The children were found chained up in the family home

David Allen Turpin’s origins, James and Betty, said they were “surprised and shocked” by the complaints against their son.

Meanwhile, the arrested mum’s sister, Elizabeth Jane Flores, confessed that “something didn’t seem right” in the Turpin household, untangle justifying that she was banned from talking to the children. 

She told Daily Letters TV in the USA: “Something didn’t seem right about her parenting but never last will and testament I have expected it to be like this.

“We have been so worried almost them because it’s been so strange but there was nothing we could do.”

All progenies have been taken to hospital for urgent treatment, while the old men remain in police custody.

Bail for the pair has been set at £6.5million each and they are due to look in court tomorrow.

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