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Grandparents of shackled children: ‘God called’ on parents to have large family

[protected-iframe id=”ab588be299641d71be11aad55056799a-28572381-29052445″ info=”//” width=”640″ height=”480″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=””] PERRIS, California — The grandparents of the 13 children found shackled in filthy conditions inside a California home believed “God called on them” to have so many children, ABC News reported. David and Louise Turpin are accused of keeping their children — who range in age from 2 […]

Captive kids slowly providing information to investigators

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California children who authorities say were tortured by their parents and so malnourished that their growth was stunted are slowly providing valuable information to investigators, a prosecutor told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “Victims in these kinds of cases, they tell their story, but they tell it slowly. They tell […]

13 siblings held captive: How did no one else know?

A nondescript, burnt orange house in Southern California — similar to many others on the same street — turned out to be a prison for 13 siblings. Now, questions abound over why the Turpin children were allegedly held captive by their parents — and how no one else seemed to know. What we know A […]

Kids in California home were starved; dogs were well-fed, officials say

PERRIS, Calif. — When authorities arrived Sunday night to a home in the California town of Perris, they found a family with 13 siblings, most of them starved and startlingly skinny. They also found two female dogs — well-fed, in good shape, seemingly well-trained. The parents, David and Louise Turpin, were arrested and face dozens of […]

Parents of 13 malnourished children in California charged with years of torture, abuse

PERRIS, Calif. — The parents of 13 malnourished children found in alleged captivity in Southern California have been charged with committing years of torture and abuse and could face up to life in prison. Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin announced the charges against 57-year-old David Allen Turpin and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin at a […]

Oldest son of 13 captive children was star college student

LOS ANGELES — The oldest son of the California siblings who authorities say were tortured by their parents, chained to their beds and so malnourished their growth was stunted had excelled at his community college and had been named to the honor roll for two semesters, school officials said Thursday. The son, who is in […]

Lakewood woman recalls time held captive, in same California town as Turpin children

LAKEWOOD, Ohio – The horrific story of 13 children held captive by their parents in California brings back some eerie memories for a Lakewood woman. Twenty years ago, the mother was also rescued from captivity, ironically in the same California town. “Oh my gosh, it was deja vu all over, I couldn’t believe it,” said […]

Mother of 13 malnourished children was ‘perplexed’ when deputies arrived, captain says

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The mother of 13 malnourished children, who were found being held at a filthy, foul-smelling California home, some of them chained to furniture, was “perplexed” when deputies entered the residence over the weekend, a sheriff’s captain said Tuesday. Louise Anna Turpin, 49, was arrested along with her 56-year-old husband, David Allen Turpin, […]

‘I’ve never been out’: Chilling 911 call reveals abuse in Turpin family

PERRIS, Calif. — The 17-year-old girl who called police to report her allegedly abusive parents in Perris, California, said the house the family lived in smelled so badly that she could barely breathe, and she thought she and her 12 siblings might need to go to the doctor. And when she struggled to remember the […]

One of 13 siblings held captive by parents to 911: ‘They’re chained up to their bed’

[protected-iframe id=”813bd27cd940f56870cb488829d615cb-28572381-29052445″ info=”″ width=”750″ height=”390″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=””] PERRIS, California — The desperate cry for help came from a girl who had lived in such isolation for 17 years that she didn’t know her address, the month of the year or what the word medication meant. But after jumping out a window from the filthy home […]