David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin are being held on $9 million bail each after their 13 children were discovered being held captive and malnourished at their home in Perris, California.
The investigation began when a 17-year-old girl contacted police telling them she had escaped from her parents’ home — where her 12 siblings were still trapped.
Just as the young girl claimed, investigators who entered the Turpin home found “several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings.” The youngest was two.
Perhaps the most shocking detail — seven of their children had already reached adulthood while trapped in the home, the eldest being 29 years old!
According to records, David Turpin is listed as the principal of a school — but the address is the same as their home. This may have been a way to avoid questions about why the children didn’t attend school.
The couple are now facing nine felony counts of torture and ten felony counts of child endangerment each.
[Image via Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.]