Inside the Texas home where Perris siblings lived years ago

Inside the Texas home where Perris siblings lived years ago

That means they were deprived of vitamins and minerals essential to their development, Dr. Roshini Raj, an associate professor of medicine at New York University, told HLN. "The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty".

Earlier this week, Elizabeth revealed how she had no idea her nieces and nephews were being abused because the Turpins cut themselves off from the rest of her family and did not allow them to contact the kids.

The California district attorney painted a stunning picture of physical and emotional abuse Thursday.

If the children washed their hands above the wrist they were subjected to punishments, allegedly accused of "playing with water".

The Turpins also appear to be big Elvis fans, with a 68 Comeback DVD in their collection, and having renewed their vows at an Elvis-themed chapel in Las Vegas on more than one occasion.

"I asked her why on earth they wanted more children and she said about wanting a reality TV show, which was also the reason they had moved to California so that they could be nearer to Hollywood".

The agency also listed the clothes that are needed for the adult patients, which are nearly all in children's sizes, a graphic released by Corona Chamber of Commerce showed.

According to the sheriff's department, a 17-year-old girl fled the house in the 100 block of Muir Woods Road early Sunday morning and was able to call 911 using a cellphone she had taken from the home. She may have gotten help from "supportive siblings".

"She'd say, "Oh, the computer is broke" or "The camera isn't working", but what she was doing was stopping us from seeing inside their warped and twisted world", he said.

The Turpin children ate just once a day, were beaten, choked and chained to furniture and their beds with no access to a bathroom for months at a time, police said. The torture and false imprisonment charges do not include the 2-year-old, who was not malnourished.

According to CBS, their 29-year-old sibling weighed just 82 pounds, and a 12 year old weighed as much as an average 7 year old. Several children even had cognitive and nerve damage from the abuse, he said. "This is depraved conduct". I do not know why but apparently the two-year-old was getting enough to eat'. During their arraignment on Thursday, the couple each pleaded not guilty on all counts, after which the judge set bail at $12 million for each defendant.

But the teen sweethearts are said to have been turned back by cops when they got to Texas.

They both deny the allegations against them and face up to 94 years in prison if convicted of the charges.

As the criminal case proceeds, the future of the children will likely be decided in another courtroom.

Typically, when children are separated from their parents, the courts and child protection agencies may seek to reunify the family, said Amy Heilman, director of foster care and adoption at the Children's Bureau, a Los Angeles-based social services nonprofit. "However, there are times where the court may not want to make that ruling until it's further on in the criminal case".

"It's pretty remarkable that she'd do that", he said.

The adults and children were taken to separate facilities for treatment after they were rescued.