California Police comb via filthy house the place ravenous siblings discovered

Police find 12 people held captive in California home after teen escapes

"A case like that sticks with you and haunts you", Hestrin told reporters.

A California couple tortured a dozen of their children for years, starving them to the point that their growth was stunted, chaining them to their beds for up to months, preventing them from using the toilet at times and forbidding them from showering more than once a year, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Authorities seized two healthy dogs from the Turpin family after 13 siblings were found malnourished and allegedly tortured. According to the Riverside County Sheriff's department, the individuals were "shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings".

"This is severe, emotional, physical abuse", Hestrin said. They were also not allowed to shower a few times a year.

The abuse began in Texas with the children being tied to beds with ropes and then hog-tied, Hestrin said.

A California couple who held their 13 malnourished children captive in a suburban home were charged Thursday with multiple counts of torture and child abuse.

Hestrin said the alleged punishments would last weeks or months, and intensified over time. One of the teen's sisters escaped with the 17-year-old but turned back in fear, Hestrin said.

They were allegedly punished when they washed their hands above their wrists, and beaten regularly, according to the prosecutor. The siblings had not seen a doctor in more than four years and had never seen a dentist.

The parents David, 57, and Louise Turpin, 49, now face charges of torture and child endangerment.

Hestrin said the parents would buy food including pies and "leave it on the counter, let the children look at it, but not eat the food".

Hestrin explained that the siblings were apparently home-schooled and lacked a basic knowledge of life. "Numerous children didn't know what a police officer was", Hestrin said. When they weren't chained they were fed very little food on a schedule, Hestrin said. "We begged to see them".


Hestrin said the only activity the kids were permitted to do was writing in journals. One of the adult children attended school but Louise would wait outside his classroom to take him home after the classes.

The 17-year-old managed to climb out of a window and called the cops on Sunday.

David Turpin (R) and Louise Turpin (L) appear in court for their arraignment in Riverside, Calif., U.S. Jan.18, 2018.

The abuse began when the family lived in Fort Worth, Hestrin said.

The abuse went on for years without anyone noticing perhaps because the Turpins slept all day and stayed awake all night.

The children rescued from the U.S. home dubbed the House of Horrors spent two years plotting an escape before their parents were arrested, new court details have revealed.

The children were so poorly educated in their state-registered homeschool that many of them didn't know what a police officer was nor what medication was, Hestrin said.

Malnutrition was so severe that it was consistent with muscle wasting and had led to cognitive impairment and nerve damage, Hestrin said.

Not long after police visited the home Sunday, the children were taken to medical centers for treatment and the parents were taken into custody. 10 of the children are females and three are males.

These are the conditions authorities say they endured. Medical experts said they expect that the siblings will require long-term psychological support in their recovery.

The agency also listed the clothes that are needed for the adult patients, which are nearly all in children's sizes, a graphic released by Corona Chamber of Commerce showed.

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