In January of 2018, a distraught teenager called 911. The 17-year-old reported she had escaped from her parents, leaving 12 siblings held captive in their Perris, California home. Police responded to the call and found a bizarre and heinous scene: David and Louise Turpin had kept some of their kids bound in shackles and chained to the furniture in filthy bedrooms. All were severely malnourished and appeared many years younger than they were. This abuse had been going on for decades, as the children's ages ranged from 2 to 29. There were reports the Turpin parents even treated the family pets better than the children.
David and Louise Turpin are charged with multiple counts of torture and child endangerment and face life imprisonment. The parents entered "not guilty" pleas and opted not to comment. Authorities removed the children from the Turpins' custody and placed them in rehabilitation hospitals for ongoing treatment and counsel. The following can't explain why David and Louise Turpin confined their children, but the details cast light on who the Turpins are, and what exactly happened to "the Magnificent 13."
David And Louise Turpin Are Sentenced To Life In PrisonVideo: YouTube
A 17-Year-Old Girl Escaped And Notified Authorities
The Adult-Aged Siblings Were So Emaciated They Looked Like Children
The Children Were Homeschooled By Their Parents
The Turpins Were Struggling Financially
The Turpin Parents Pled Not Guilty To Torture And AbuseVideo: YouTube