David Allen Turpin and Louise Turpin

Prosecutors push to block ‘House of Horrors’ parents from contacting their 13 children

On Wednesday, Riverside County prosecutors will reportedly move to block Perris, California, parents David and Louise Turpin from having any further contact with the 13 children they allegedly imprisoned and tortured.

Court filings obtained by the California Patch revealed that the District Attorney’s Office will push to impose protective orders barring the couple from contacting their children, which range in age from 2 to 29.

The children, who are supposedly still recovering from the effects of the prolonged neglect, are in the care of Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services. County officials are in the process of obtaining custodial rights over the siblings, according to the publication.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Riverside County police arrested David and Louise Turpin last week after their 17-year-old daughter reportedly escaped the home through a window and called for police using a deactivated cell phone.

Reports indicated that responding officers found three children tied to furniture in the filthy Perris home.

Authorities have accused the parents of withholding food and allowing their children to shower only once a year. Authorities reportedly said the Turpin children have suffered physical and cognitive impairments due to the years of neglect.

“All of the victims are severely malnourished. The 29-year-old female [victim] weighs 82 pounds. They were fed very little on a schedule,” District Attorney Mike Hestrin revealed last week, adding that the abuse “intensified” over time.

David, 57, and Louise, 49, are facing various charges, including 12 counts of torture, seven counts of abuse of a dependent adult, six counts of child abuse, and 12 counts of false imprisonment. David is also accused of committing a lewd act on a child under 14 by force or fear. They face 94 years to life in prison if convicted as charged.

The couple has pleaded not guilty to all charges. They are each being jailed on $12 million bail.


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[Featured Image: Louise and David Turpin/Riverside Police Department]