California parents charged with torture expected in court Thursday


"The victimization appeared to intensify over time", Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said in announcing charges.

When authorities arrived at the house on Muir Woods Road, they discovered a scene straight out of a nightmare.

Hestrin added that the children were allowed to write in journals and that officials had recovered "hundreds of them", adding they "are going to be strong evidence of what occurred in that home".

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 neighbors on Monday described the family as shut-ins who shunned social contact. They range in age from 2 years old to 29 years old, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

The police said that they believed all of the children were minors, but to their surprise, they learned that some were over 18. The parents could not provide a "logical" explanation for why the kids were restrained, investigators said. The couple was booked on charges of torture and child endangerment. They were ordered held on $9 million bail each.

The children were admitted to local hospitals and are in stable condition.

Rio Vista, Texas, is a town where nearly everyone knows one another, so there were stories of the weird couple that lived in a home just outside of town.

Neighbours stand and watch news crews outside the home of David Allen and Louise Anna Turpin in Perris California
Neighbours stand and watch news crews outside the home of David Allen and Louise Anna Turpin in Perris California

State records show the children were home-schooled and that the father was listed as principal of a day school at the same address. "One of the reasons for the beatings is if the kids were found to have washed their hands above the wrist area, they were accused of playing in water".

They were not allowed to leave their chains if they had to go to the restroom.

Teresa Robinette and her brother haven't spoken with their sister, Louise Turpin, in years.

Videos taken at the couple's renewal of their wedding vows in Las Vegas show the family together in celebration. All of the children were in attendance.

David Turpin also faces one count of a lewd act on a child, under the age of 14, using force or fear. The Turpins are due in court on Thursday. All of the children remain hospitalized.

He also said the children - including the adult children - were extremely malnourished.

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