Los Angeles: A California couple has been arrested after authorities discovered a dozen of their malnourished kids held captive of their dwelling, with one as younger as two and a few shackled to beds at midnight, officers mentioned on Monday.
Authorities launched a torture probe and set bail at $9 million for the dad and mom after a 17-year-old lady escaped the home on Sunday and known as 911 utilizing a cellphone discovered inside.
She was so “emaciated” that officers mentioned they initially thought she was solely 10 years outdated.
The 13 victims who had been held captive on the Perris, California dwelling vary in age from two to 29, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Division mentioned in an announcement. They weren’t named.
“Additional investigation revealed a number of kids shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in darkish and foul-smelling environment, however the dad and mom have been unable to right away present a logical cause why their kids have been restrained in that method,” the assertion added.
“Deputies positioned what they believed to be 12 kids inside the home, however have been shocked to find that seven of them have been truly adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29. The victims gave the impression to be malnourished and really soiled.”
The sheriff’s workplace mentioned “the victims have been supplied with meals and drinks after they claimed to be ravenous.”
The dad and mom, 57-year-old David Allen Turpin and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin, have been booked on torture and baby endangerment prices.
Little one Protecting Companies and Grownup Protecting Companies assisted within the investigation.