Police launch torture investigation after 13 found captive in California home
Police launched an investigation into alleged torture and child endangerment after multiple children were discovered bound, shackled and malnourished inside a a Perris, California, home.
Authorities said David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were being held on $9 million bail each on Monday after 13 people were allegedly found to be held captive inside their home.
Authorities responded to a 911 call early Sunday from a teenage girl who managed to escape the home and call police on a stolen cellphone, according to a statement from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
According to investigators, the 17-year-old girl told police that she and her 12 brothers and sisters were being held by her parents — and that some of her siblings were chained.
When officers arrived, they discovered 13 people ages 2 to 29 being held captive in squalid conditions. Investigators said some of the children were bound, shackled or padlocked to beds.
"Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house, but were shocked to discover that 7 of them were actually adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29," the sheriff's department said.
Investigators said that after interviewing one of the victims, they contacted her parents, who were "unable to immediately provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that manner."
Many of the children appeared to be malnourished, and all 13 people were admitted to nearby hospitals for treatment.