BREAKING: ‘House of Horrors’ Turpin parents officially charged with torture, abuse, false imprisonment & lewd act on a child

‘Shackling’ the kids could be ‘the least’ of the parents’ crimes

David and Louise Turpin, the California parents accused of keeping their children shackled in their home without food, have been charged with numerous felonies after authorities rescued 13 victims on Monday from a foul-smelling, filthy home in Perris. Several of the victims were shackled to their beds, lying in their own feces and urine.

The Los Angeles Times reports that David and Louise Turpin have been officially charged with “torture, child abuse, abuse of dependent adults and false imprisonment,” per Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin, who held a press conference on Thurs.┬áDavid Turpin faces an additional charge of “lewd act on a child by force.”

The official charges include:

  • 12 counts of torture
  • 12 counts of false imprisonment
  • 7 counts of abuse against a dependent adult
  • 6 counts of child abuse/neglect
  • 1 count against of a lewd act on a child (David Turpin)

During the press conference, Hestrin indicated that one of the children, a 12-year-old child, had the weight of a 7-year-old. The couple’s oldest child, a 29-year-old daughter, weighed 89 pounds. All of the children, aside from the youngest, a 2-year-old, suffered from severe malnutrition. Several of the children were diagnosed with cognitive impairment and nerve damage (neuropathy).

“Punishment would last weeks or even months at a time,” Hestrin said.”This is severe, emotional, physical abuse; this is depraved conduct.”

Some of the children reportedly told authorities that their parents began tying them up years ago. The parents reportedly used ropes at first to tie up the children, then began using padlocks and chains when the victims learn how to escape confinement from the ropes.

Punishment came for minor things, according to authorities. For instance, if the children washed their hands above their wrists, they were accused of playing in the water in turn, chained up.

The Turpin parents apparently allowed their children to keep journals, which according to Hestrin, have been confiscated for evidence and information.

Hestrin said now that the victims are out of their parents’ home, medical professionals are taking care of them. It’s still unclear where the victims will ultimately end up, but earlier reports indicated that they’ll go into the custody of social services once they’re released from the hospital.

“They’re relieved. … Their health is being looked at. They’re in good hands. As far as where they’re going to end up, I don’t know.”

Both David Turpin and Louise Turpin remain behind bars on $9 million bond each. They’re scheduled to appear for an arraignment on Thursday afternoon. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.

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