On Wednesday, a Riverside County Superior Court judge prohibited California parents David and Louise Turpin from contacting their 13 children, who were allegedly found starved and tortured last week.
According to The Los Angeles Times, Judge Emma Smith approved a three-year protective order that will ban the parents from contacting their children in any way except through their lawyer. Reports indicate that the siblings are in the care of Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services.
David, 56, and Louise, 49, were instructed to stay at least 100 yards away from their children unless they are in court. Judge Smith also banned the Turpins from owning firearms if they were to be released. They are being held on $12 million bail each.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Riverside County police arrested the Turpins last week after their 17-year-old daughter reportedly escaped their Perris, California, home through a window and called police using a deactivated cell phone.
Authorities have accused the parents of withholding food, limiting the children’s use of the bathroom, and allowing them to shower only once a year. Authorities reportedly said the Turpin children, who range in age from 2 to 29, have suffered physical and cognitive impairments due to the years of neglect.
David and Louise have pleaded not guilty to a slew of charges, including torture, abuse of a dependent adult, child abuse, and 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 Times reported that the protective order expires on January 24, 2021. David and Louise are due back in court on February 23.
[Featured Image: David and Louise Turpin/Riverside police]