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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Shackled siblings found in Perris, California home : Turpin

MR. and MRS. Turpin

A California couple have been arrested after police found their 13 children allegedly held captive at home, some "shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks".

David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were held on charges of torture and child endangerment.

The couple's children - aged two to 29 - lived in Perris, 59 miles (95km) south-east of Los Angeles.Officers were alerted by one of the victims, a 17-year-old girl.

The girl - who appeared to be "only 10 years old and slightly emaciated" - on Sunday managed to escape and call the emergency number using a mobile phone found inside the house, the Riverside Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

What did police find in the house?

MR. and MRS. Turpin

Police officers later found "several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings".

The officers were "shocked" to discover that seven of them were actually adults aged between 18 and 29."The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty," the police said.

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They are now being treated in local hospitals.The head of one of the hospitals, Mark Uffer, told Reuters news agency: "It's actually heartbreaking for the staff and it's unbelievable what you see."

Mr and Mrs Turpin are now being held in jail with bail set at $9m (£6.5m) each.
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