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No fire inspection record where 13 children kept captive

No fire inspection record where 13 children kept captive

Formal charges could be announced Thursday in the case of the parents accused of torture and child endangerment after authorities said their 13 children were discovered chained and malnourished inside their Perris home. Assemblyman Jose Medina, a local Democrat, said Wednesday that he's considering introducing legislation that would mandate state officials to conduct at least an annual walkthrough of home schools.

Both appeared in court Thursday afternoon and entered not guilty pleas to all counts - 12 counts of torture, 7 counts of abuse of a dependent adult, six counts of child abuse or neglect and 12 counts of false imprisonment, for alleged crimes ranging from 2010 to the present. David Turpin also faces one count of committing a lewd act against a child.

David and Lousie Turpin fronted court and each face 94 years to life in prison if convicted.

Police in Riverside County, California has arrested a couple for keeping their 13 children captive in their home, shackled to beds with chains and padlocks.

A couple arrested for endangering and torturing their 13 children in California lived in North Texas just a few years ago. Another sibling had escaped with her, he said, but got scared and turned back.

Captain Greg Fellows described conditions at the home as "horrific" but also said Louise Turpin did not seem to understand why police were visiting her home.

He said: "The parents would apparently buy food for themselves and not allow the children to eat it". Their 29-year-old daughter weighed 82 pounds, according to the district attorney.




When asked by a reporter whether the parents "should walk the streets again", Mr Hestrin replied "No".

Police are now saying that the 17-year-old girl who fled the home plotted her escape for two years, the Associated Press reports.

"Several of the victims have cognitive impairment and neuropathy, which is nerve damage as a result of this extreme and prolonged physical abuse", he said.

"There is no way around that", Hestrin said.

Louise Turpin, 49, along with her husband, 57-year-old David Allen Turpin, are being held on $12.3 million NZD bail each.

Hestrin said that the family appeared to have stayed up at nights and slept during the day to avoid being noticed by other families in the neighborhood.

Earlier, the district attorney detailed allegations that the couple beat their children, chained them up as punishment and fed them very little. She said her son shared her Pentecostal Christian faith but he wasn't affiliated with a church in California.