A 17-year-old girl managed to escape from her home in Perris, California and called 911 early Sunday and reported that her siblings were being help captive inside the family home by their parents.
David Turpin, 57, and Louise Turpin, 49, were arrested on suspicion of torture and child endangerment. 12 of their children were found by police held captive in the couple’s home. Some were found shackled to beds.
According to Fox News;
When officers and deputies went to the Turpins’ home, they found “several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings,” according to the sheriff’s office. The statement added that the parents were “were unable to immediately provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that manner.” Authorities initially believed that all the victims they found were children. However, investigators eventually discovered that seven of the victims were over 18.
The Sheriffs department said the children were very malnourished and sent to hospitals for treatment.