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Parents arrested after children found chained in house

Parents arrested after children found chained in house

The children were nearly always either shackled to their beds or kept in separate rooms, and were fed very little, according to the D.A.

Officers from the Perris Police Department and sheriff's deputies met with the girl, who they initially thought was about 10 years old because of her emaciated body, authorities said.

Their parents David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were "unable to immediately provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that manner" the police said. They're being held on suspicion of torture and child endangerment.

Deputies at first assumed from the children's frail and malnourished appearance that all of them were minors but later determined that seven of them were adults ages 18 to 29, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Authorities in Perris, California, near Riverside, arrested the Turpins this week after they allegedly chained their children to beds in filthy conditions.

David Turpin had named the school the Sandcastle Day School and it had six pupils enrolled in the last academic year, according to The Guardian.

The 2016-17 information says the school is registered as a co-educational, non-religious school ranging from Grade 1-12, with a total enrolment of six students.

The Turpins are scheduled to be arraigned in court around 4:30 p.m. ET.




Prosecutors said all the children are being cared for by doctors but were severely malnourished and had suffered nerve damage when found, having endured "horrific" abuse over time.

The children who were held at the home ranged in age from 2 to 29. Milligan and her son tried to speak to three of the kids a few years ago, commenting on the Christmas decorations they were putting up.

"They were hoarders, and they moved themselves out of the house and moved into a mobile home they had here", said one neighbor who asked not to be identified.

All of the children in the home were reportedly taken to the hospital for treatment.

Betty and James Turpin said they were surprised to learn about the couple's arrest earlier this week.

Sadistic California parents, David and Louise Turpin, face 94 years in jail each for imprisoning and chaining their children until a daughter, 17, escaped.

"They only came out at night", she told the news outlet.