Mother of 13 children kept in filthy conditions 'perplexed' at police interest

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Police found some of the children shackled to beds in a "foul-smelling room" after one of the daughters, aged 17, escaped and called authorities on a cell phone she found in the home.

The disconnect between the cheerful photos and the ghastly reality is a gap investigators will try to fill in after the parents, David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin, were arrested over the weekend, accused of abusing and holding their 13 children against their will in a California home.

Police say some of the children were shackled to beds with chains and padlocks.

"Children who have been malnourished over a prolonged period will have growth stunting, will have nutritional deficiencies, they can suffer complications if you try to feed them so it requires close monitoring them when introducing proper nutrition to these kids". They were given food and drinks and will be provided Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services. The seven adult children were taken to a different hospital in the area for treatment.

Authorities added they were shocked to find that of the 13 victims they thought were children, seven of them were actually adults of ages 18 to 29.


'The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty'.

Images from Getty and AFP. "You could tell they were terrified", Milligan said. They were also homeschooled under the institution Sandcastle Day School, founded by Dave Allen Turpin.

Neighbors said they had minimal contact with the family and the children were rarely seen outside the home.

The most recent shots, from 2016, show the parents beaming after they apparently renewed their wedding vows and posed with an Elvis impersonator.

Representatives for the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Riverside County Fire Department would not immediately say whether the Turpins' home was ever inspected. A neighbor said she saw four of the children a few months earlier, looking "very thin" and "very albino".


The children, some of them chained to furniture, were described as weak and small for their age.

James and Betty Turpin said they were "surprised and shocked" by the allegations their son and daughter-in-law now face, the news station reported.

"I had no idea this was going on", he told the Press-Enterprise newspaper of Riverside.

The Times, citing public records, reports that the couple had moved to California from Texas several years ago and that they had declared bankruptcy twice.

"They came with a lot of debt".


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