California couple charged with torture scheduled for court hearing

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Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin revealed grisly details about the 13 siblings - age 2 to 29 - who were allegedly held captive by their parents in Perris.

The Southern California couple is charged with torturing and starving 12 of their 13 children over a prolonged period of time.

David Turpin faces an additional charge of committing a lewd act on a child by force.

"My mum, who had let them date, ended up being the one telling the police they had to send her home", Robinette recalled, adding that their father was "so upset" with their mother for allowing them to date. But the sibling quickly turned back out of fear and re-entered the house. Officials say their children were malnourished and chained to furniture. A 12-year-old was the weight of a typical 7-year-old. A 29-year-old female victim weighed 82 pounds.

Louise's sister, Elizabeth Flores, told ABC News she lived with the Turpins for a few months more than 20 years ago during which time David Turpin would watch her bathe. All the children's names begin with the letter J, according to court documents that didn't provide their full names.

The parents, 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin and 57-year-old David Allen Turpin, were jailed on $9 million bail. They didn't say where or when they were going. However, Breggin said this case should not cast aspersions on homeschooling.

"Our clients are presumed to be innocent, and that is a very important presumption".

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David and Louise Turpin have both appeared in court, accused of holding their 13 children in shackles at their California home. Louise Turpin identified herself as a housewife in a 2011 bankruptcy filing.

Other animals apparently did not fare so well under their care, including a kitten that was apparently left in a dumpster when foreclosure forced them out of a Rio Vista, Texas, home in 2010, according to the Daily Mail. Several children even had cognitive and nerve damage from the abuse, he said. Some of them were shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks "in dark and foul-smelling surroundings", authorities said.

Punishments included being beaten and choked, Hestrin said. When they weren't chained they were fed very little food on a schedule, Hestrin said.

Human waste in the house indicated the children were prevented from using the toilet. "I didn't think I would be here today".

Most states in the U.S., including California, do not monitor or inspect such schools. "They were "sweetie" this and "sweetie" that to each other". - The siblings were reared on the graveyard shift, with the family staying up all night and going to bed shortly before dawn. We pulled a baby kitty from the dumpster and kept it, ' said former neighbor Shelli Vinyard, whose daughter Ashley tried to befriend three of the older Turpin children, only to be given the cold shoulder once she started asking about their parents.

The Turpin children were homeschooled. Women and girls said the stories inspired them to step forward with detailed allegations of abuse. "A word of advice: Continuing to issue statements of empty promises thinking that will pacify us will no longer work", Raisman said. - The victims were not allowed to have toys, although many new, still-packaged toys were found in the house. "This is depraved conduct". "It breaks our hearts".

Ironically, Hestrin noted, "about the only thing the children were allowed to do" in captivity was to write. Hundreds of their journals have been taken into evidence. Medical experts said they expect that the siblings will require long-term psychological support in their recovery.