David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin had three children "chained to some type of furniture in the residence," when police arrived at their house of horrors and arrested them for torture and child endangerment of their thirteen offspring.
Captain Greg Fellows of the Riverside Sheriff's Department explained the horrifying conditions the Turpin children were subjected to, and explained how Louise Anna reacted to officers arriving at their Perris, Calif. home. at a press conference on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
"It seemed that the mother was perplexed as to why we are at that particular residence."
Capt. Fellows said that the Turpins were the "biological parents of all the children ," and their investigation was in the early stages but that they did not appear to be sexually abused.
He revealed the shocking conditions inside the Turpin's home.
"They described a foul smell inside the residence. It was extremely dirty. Many of the children were malnourished."
Capt. Fellows explained how many children were found shackled in the home.
"When deputies went in there were three individuals that were chained to some type of furniture in the residence."
Capt. Fellows expanded on his description of "torture," about the victims.
"Adults who appear that they are children and they are so malnourished and they are living in these filthy dirty conditions, that is going to take its toll."
Both the Captain and the Director of the Department of Public Health confirmed that they had never received a complaint from or about the family or emergency calls from or about the home.
"We had no prior contacts at that residence regarding any allegations of child abuse or neglect," Capt. Fellows said. "We had no other contacts at that residence."
He revealed that the 17-year-old daughter "escaped from a window," and called 9-1-1 from a "deactivated cell phone." She told the police that her "siblings were being held against their will and some were being chained."
He said officers met with her, she gave them information and provided photos of her siblings and they "conducted a welfare check," where they noticed the 13 children, six under the age of 18, were "malnourished, very dirty. The conditions were horrific."
Captain Fellows noted "the biological parents and children were taken," into custody and the hospital.
Mark Uffer, the CEO of Corona Regional Medical Center said they were caring for seven of the adult children after the horrific ordeal.
"It's hard to think of them when you see them because they're small. They're malnutritioned.
They're stable and they're being fed to try to refeed. They're comfortable and in a safe an stable environment. They've gone through a very traumatic ordeal. They're very friendly, they're very cooperative. They're hopeful life will get better for them after this event."
Mayor Michael Vargas of Perris said: "I'm devastated at this act of cruelty. And heartfelt for the victims. I can't begin to imagine the pain and suffering they endured."
All 13 of the children remained in the hospital. Stay with Radar for updates to the story.
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