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Parents accused of holding their 13 children captive appear in court

Parents accused of holding their 13 children captive appear in court Parents accused of holding their 13 children captive appear in court
Nellie Chapman | 24 January, 2018, 20:24

The couple are being held at Robert Presley Detention Center east of Los Angeles and their bail has been set at $9million.

A sister of Louise served with the missionary group Pioneers for Christ, while David was brought up in the Pentecostal faith. Teachers are mandated reporters, which means they are professionals who are legally required to report any suspected child abuse or neglect. As great as many home-schoolers are, there also are parents who withdraw their children from public schools at precisely the moment when teachers, who are mandated public reporters of child abuse, start noticing signs of potentially unsafe family problems and asking questions. An adoption raffle for the pups is being held through January 26 to find them new homes.

David Turpin left his engineering job at Lockheed Martin 2010, a company spokeswoman told Reuters. Louise Turpin identified herself as a housewife in a 2011 bankruptcy filing.

One video shows the couple exchanging renewal vows in front of an Elvis impersonator.

Authorities have accused the elder Turpins, whose children are between 2 and 29 years old, of beating, choking and tying most of the siblings up as punishment. A 12-year-old appeared to be the size of an average seven-year-old.

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin told ABC News in the United States that that police had also recovered "hundreds of journals" from the home which would hopefully provide "powerful evidence" on events inside the "house of horrors". The 17-year-old victim who alerted authorities had been working on the escape plan for two years. He never met the family who lived there before him, but he said he found an envelope of photos showing school-age children after an extensive cleanup. Most teachers do not stop checking up on a student they thought needed a little extra attention, once that child has moved on to the next grade. District Attorney Mike Hestrin said he believes they will be very significant to the coming court case and will provide "strong evidence of what occurred in that home". The Southern California couple is charged with torturing and starving 12 of their 13 children over a prolonged period of time.

Officers said they found three of the couple's 13 children, who range in age from two to 29, shackled with chains and padlocks inside the dark, foul-smelling residence. In an interview with the Sunday People, Lambert said, "Only last month, Louise told me she and David were planning to have another child. They haunt you", Hestrin said. The other sibling turned back out of fear, but the teen persisted and called 911.

According to a statement from the City of Perris, two Maltese-mix dogs found at the home of David and Louise Turpin appear "healthy" and are available for adoption.

From the outside, the brown-and-beige four-bedroom home in a quiet residential neighbourhood looked fairly orderly.

The parents would torture their children, prosecutors say, by buying pies and leaving them in sight of the children, but not allowing them to eat. James and Betty Turpin of West Virginia, his parents, told ABC News that they were "shocked" by the allegations.

They were forbidden to use the toilet, forced to relieve themselves where they were and could only shower once a year while they were restricted to just one meal per day.

They said the children were allowed to write in journals and investigators are reviewing hundreds of journals they seized from the home.

"It's a very serious case", David Turpin's lawyer, Deputy Public Defender David Macher, said. In the 2016-17 school year, it had an enrolment of six - all his children.