Parents of 13 siblings found beaten and shackled plead not guilty


The Turpin siblings range in age from 2 to 29, but CBS reported police initially believed them all to be minors based on their malnourished conditions.

And they got all the way to Texas before they were finally caught and returned home.

They found a 22-year-old chained to a bed and a house that reeked and contained human waste, indicating that the children were prevented from using the toilet, authorities said. David Turpin also faces one count of committing a lewd act by force or fear. If they are found guilty, they could spend the rest of their lives in prison.

Flores, 41, who said this week that she has not had regular with sister Louise Turpin or her family in almost two decades, wrote how she was terrified throughout her childhood.

Flores told reporters, "Something didn't seem right about her parenting but never would I have expected it to be like this".

Louise Turpin didn't attend her mother's funeral in 2016, and when her father passed away three months later, she again didn't show up. I'm not just saying this stuff.

Teresa, 36, revealed how the marriage that for decades seemed so ideal, began in 1984.

Hestrin says none of the victims were allowed to shower a few times a year.

But Phyllis Robinette was too scared to tell her preacher husband Wayne what was going on.

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An attorney for David Turpin's elderly parents said she didn't "know whether or not" the grandparents would be able to provide for all of the siblings.

The Turpin family's dogs were found in good health, the abusive couple apparently looking after the pets while abusing their children. The parents would then accuse the siblings of "playing in the water" and then punish them.

"They made it all the way to Texas before the police stopped them". "The 2-year-old ... was getting enough to eat". 'What was insane was that after that my mom and dad sort of switched roles.

Police said Louise was "perplexed" about why authorities had arrived at their home. "Now they're free from the ugly life they were living". He was so upset.

That means they were deprived of vitamins and minerals essential to their development, Dr. Roshini Raj, an associate professor of medicine at New York University, told HLN. "If this is what you want, you go for it". They were so malnourished the older ones still looked like children. When children were not shackled, they were often locked in rooms. She said she discovered two mysterious, boarded-up vents in the house's bedroom closets after moving in.

"It's pretty remarkable that she'd do that", he said.

He grew up roughly 40 miles from Blacksburg in Mercer County, West Virginia. Her sister is a nurse. But the chaos that ensued is burned in her memory.

"I was treated like one of the kids kind of, so I had rules", she said.

In the latest set, uploaded in April-July 2016, Louise Turpin wears a long white wedding gown while her husband is dressed in a suit.

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There was also no state official that came to test the children to see if they were meeting California's standard academic benchmarks. "She wouldn't", said Teresa.

It is alleged that the "only thing they were allowed to do" was write in journals - hundreds of which are said to have ben recovered on Sunday.

"I thought the kids were homeschooled".

The suspects are both behind bars on $12 million each. "Louise wasn't at either one".

Fifty-seven-year-old David Allen Turpin and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin have been charged with torture and abuse.

In the short term, the children will be placed in foster care, she said.

"In the family, we always joked that Prince Charming had lived up to his end of the bargain".

Ontiveros says no one knew what was happening behind closed doors. "But we do need to acknowledge the courage of the young girl who escaped from that residence to bring attention so they could get the help they so needed".

"Last time I spoke to her on the phone was at Halloween", she said.

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"I saw them about 7 or 8pm on Saturday".