Dogs at 'horror house' fed more than kids

Dogs at 'horror house' fed more than kids

Each parent faces 94 years to life in prison if convicted on more than two dozen charges including torture, child abuse and false imprisonment in a case that has shocked the nation and prompted calls for greater supervision of home schooling.

The parents of 13 children who lived in the "house of horrors" allegedly fed their two dogs better than they fed their children. "Being molested, watching my mom being beaten and raped and being abused myself as a child combined to cause the fear of people, especially men".

What prompted her to make a break for freedom on Sunday - and expose to the world what David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin had allegedly done to the family - is just one of the questions investigators in Riverside County are seeking to answer. David Turpin is additionally charged with committing a lewd act on a child by force. The Turpins have denied all charges.

A joint Facebook page that appeared to have been created by the parents showed the couple at the same chapel dressed in wedding clothes, surrounded by the 13 children.

Some of the seven adults and six children will be placed in foster care and the emphasis will be on keeping the siblings together.

The oldest child, a 29-year-old woman, weighed only 82 pounds and a 12-year-old was the weight of a typical 7-year-old, Hestrin said.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, the children were starved, chained to furniture and not allowed to use the toilet. They also taunted them with new toys they were not allowed to touch.

A 17-year-old girl called 911 on Sunday, saying that she had escaped through a window from her parents' house, and that she and her siblings were trapped there. She had reportedly been planning to escape for two years.

Both Turpin family dogs were found in good health. They have little knowledge of outside world; they did not know what a police officer was, didn't know what medicine is.

The pair sped across the country to Texas before they were caught by police and brought home.

Officers who arrived at the house found a 22-year-old sibling chained to one of the beds.

State records reveal that David Turpin home-schooled his six children at their address, calling it Sandcastle Day School.

Disturbing details have been slowly emerging over this past week about the Turpins, and this is what we know so far about the "California torture house" parents.

"She used to say how the would be flawless for TV and would often mention they would be bigger than reality show Kate Plus 8".

The family moved to Southern California in 2011 from Johnson County, Texas, near Dallas, according to property records. He told her it was all her fault. "Punishment would last weeks or even months at a time".

According to Hestrin, the alleged prolonged harm to the victims and their captivity left them physically and cognitively damaged.

The family had lived in Perris since 2014, and deputies had never been to the residence previously for any reason, Fellows said.

"I hope they suffer as much, if not more, than those kids suffered", Teresa told the news website.

Louise Anna Turpin, accused of holding their 13 children captive, appears in court for arraignment in Riverside, California on January 18, 2018.

At a news conference before the proceeding, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin described what he said was a case of "human depravity".

"We recognise financial gifts will not eliminate their trauma, but additional resources will be extremely important in helping these victims adjust over time", said Erin Phillips, executive director of RUHS Foundation, who assured 100 per cent of funds will go to the rescued family members.

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