David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin were arrested for “torture” and “child endangerment” and RadarOnline.com obtained creepy photos of the family, including the 13 children who were held hostage by their parents. A 17-year-old escaped from the home on January 14, 2018 and called 9-1-1 from a cell phone taken from the house, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, leading them to the home where her 12 brothers and sisters were held captive in “chains and padlocks.” Click through the gallery to see the Turpin family before police arrested the parents for torturing the children.
The Turpin parents were charged with nine counts of “torture” and 10 counts of “child endangerment,” after their teenage daughter escaped and alerted authorities to the dire conditions in which the children lived.
David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were held on a whopping $9,000,000 bail.
The family posted photos on their Facebook page with the parents dressed in wedding attire and the girls and boys dressed in matching outfits. The 13 people taken from the house of horrors ranged in age from 2 to 29 the Sheriff’s Department stated.
“The teenager claimed her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive inside the residence by her parents and further claimed some of her siblings were bound with chains and padlocks,” the Sheriff’s Department revealed.
The happy family posed for photos before the shocking arrest on January 14, 2018 at their home in Riverside, Calif. where police say the children were held hostage.
“When Police Officers from the Perris Police Department and Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department met with the juvenile, she appeared to be only 10 years old and slightly emaciated,” authorities said about the teenager who escaped from the Turpin home.
The happy family photos were discovered after the police arrested the parents. “Further investigation revealed several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings, but the parents were unable to immediately provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that manner,” the Sheriff’s Department confirmed.
The cheerful children were in a deplorable state when found.
“Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house, but were shocked to discover that 7 of them were actually adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29.
Unlike the smiling photos, “The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty,” police said when they found the victims.
“The victims were provided with food and beverages after they claimed to be starving,” authorities revealed after the rescued the family members.
“The six children were eventually transported to the Riverside University Hospital System (RUHS) for medical examinations and admitted for treatment,” the Sheriff’s Department said. “The seven adult children were transported to Corona Regional Medical Center for an examination and admitted for medical treatment.”
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