Community shocked as 13 siblings found 'chained up' by parents

Community shocked as 13 siblings found 'chained up' by parents

Still, authorities lauded the bravery displayed by the 17-year-old daughter in calling attention to the situation Sunday.

When authorities confronted the girl's mother, Louise Anna Turpin, sheriff's Capt. Greg Fellows said she appeared "perplexed" about why officers had come to the home.

Louise and David Turpin have been charged with torture and child endangerment and their children, whose ages range from two to 29, have been placed in protective care.

The children were found malnourished, dirty and are now hospitalized.

Authorities located what they thought were 12 children, but were "shocked" to find out that seven of them were adults. The children were shackled to their beds, according to investigators.

"You can imagine the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder if you've been deprived of nutrition over a prolonged period of time".

"I appreciate the courage that this juvenile had", Fellows said Tuesday, "to escape that house and get out there and report this to law enforcement".

The family had lived in Perris since 2014, and deputies had never been to the residence previously for any reason, Fellows said.

Both parents were detained while child and adult protectives services responded to assist in the investigation. All of them were malnourished, and seven of the older siblings, who are in their 20s, didn't look like adults at all. They were being fed and were listed in stable condition.

"It's very shocking. Very devastating, ' another neighbour Ricardo Ross said, while his wife added: "It's insane, I can't believe this is going on".

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"We have been so anxious about them because it's been so unusual but there was nothing we could do". Each is being held on $9 million bail.

It was not immediately known if they had attorneys.

Their joint profile appeared to suggest they had visited the wedding chapel twice, in 2011 and 2016.

One neighbour told the Press Enterprise: 'I didn't know there were kids in the house.

She described the family as "standoffish" hoarders who had their garage filled with books and who often let the grass in their front yard grow out of control, unlike other families on the block. They said they had not seen the family since visiting California four or five years ago. "They were really, really pale". Mr Perkins said he complimented them on it.

The Turpins moved into the Perris home in 2010, public records show.

But David's parents, James and Betty, of West Virginia, told ABC News they were "surprised and shocked" by the allegations against their son and daughter-in-law.

Police have confirmed the children are all the couple's biological offspring. None are adopted, he said. He declined to talk further. We all wondered what was going on. David grew up in Green Valley, between Bluefield and Princeton.

At that time, Turpin worked as an engineer at Northrop Grumman and earned 140,000 dollars (£100,000) annually and his wife was a homemaker, records showed. "You never don't hear or see nine kids".

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