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US Couple Deny Torturing Children

The Turpin family case continues as David Turpin and Louise Turpin plead not guilty to the charges that they shackled and tortured their children over their entire lives. The children ranged in ages from 2 to 29. The abuse was only reported when one of the children (aged 17) escaped and reported the abuse to police.

The charges brought against David and Louise Turpin include 12 counts of torture, 7 counts of abuse against a dependent adult, 6 counts of child abuse and neglect, and 12 counts of false imprisonment. David Turpin is also being charged with one count of a lewd act on a child. The Turpins are only being charged with a maximum of 12 counts, as their youngest child appeared to have been spared.

California District Attorney Mike Hestrin outlined some of the allegations in the Turpin family case to reporters. He revealed that the children were only allowed one shower a year and that they would be punished if they washed their hands above the wrist. They had also never seen a dentist and hadn’t visited a doctor in over four years.

The couple appeared in court before Judge Michael Donner with their attorneys, Jeff Moore (who is representing Louise Turpin) and David Macher (representing David Turpin). They were each assigned different lawyers so that they could claim the other person had more responsibility in the treatment of their children. Macher admitted that it would be “a challenge” to represent David Turpin.

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