It was early last week when California officials discovered a home filled with children and young adults who were malnourished, abused and kept chained and shackled to a bed for days and months on end. It was inside the Perris, California, home where 13 siblings, whose ages ranged from 2 to 29 years old, were found to be held captive in their home by their parents.
The ‘horror house’ was brought to the police’s attention after a 17-year-old girl was able to leave the house with a cellphone she found.
Police say the 17-year-old girl looked like a ten-year-old since she was so emaciated and the girl quickly told officers about her 12 other siblings who were held captive.
When police entered the home that was about 70 miles east of Los Angeles, they found five children inside the home who were malnourished, unwashed and chained to a bed with chains and padlocks.
The other captives were seven young adults whose ages ranged from 18 to 29. According to the Los Angeles Times, once the siblings were all freed they complained of extreme hunger and were given food before being taken to the hospital.
The parents, David Allen Turpin, 57 and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, have since been taken into custody. The sheriff’s department issued a statement that showed that the parents were unable to give a logical reason as to why they chained up their children.
Public records show that the couple filed for bankruptcy back in 2011. David’s mother, Betty Turpin, told CNN that her son a ‘very good man’ who ‘is very protective of the kids.’
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