Perris, Riverside County, California, USA : New charges were filed Friday against Louise and David Turpin, the Perris, Riverside County couple accused of accused of starving, torturing and chaining their 13 children to their beds. David and Louse Turpin appeared in a Riverside courtroom at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time for a conference about their case with three additional counts of cruelty to a child added.
“Our office filed an amended complaint today against David and Louise #Turpin which adds three new counts of cruelty to a child against both defendants and one new count of felony assault charged against Louise Turpin. The next court hearing will be held on March 23”, the Office of the District Attorney of Riverside County, California said in a statement.
The Turpins have pleaded not guilty to torture and other charges and each is held on $12 million bail. Their attorneys entered not guilty pleas to the new charges, Rokos posted.
The couple was arrested last month after their 17-year-old daughter escaped from the family’s home in Perris, California, and called 911. Authorities said the home reeked of human waste and evidence of starvation was obvious, with the oldest sibling weighing only 82 pounds.
The case drew international media attention and shocked neighbors who said they rarely saw the couple’s 13 children outside the home. Those who saw the children recalled them as skinny, pale and reserved.
Authorities said the abuse was so long-running the children’s growth was stunted. They said the couple shackled the children to furniture as punishment and had them live a nocturnal lifestyle.
The children, who range in age from 2 to 29, were hospitalized immediately after their rescue and since then Riverside County authorities, who obtained temporary conservatorship over the adults, have declined to discuss their whereabouts or condition.
Attorneys representing the adult siblings however, said the seven are living at Corona Medical Center, where they have an outdoor area for sports and exercise, and are making decisions on their own for the first time.
“That in itself is a new experience for them, understanding that they do have rights and they do have a voice,” attorney Jack Osborn said.
He said that making daily decisions such as what to read or wear is empowering.
“I just want you to understand just what special individuals they are,” Osborn said. “They all have their own aspirations and their own interests and now they may have an opportunity to address those, which is really exciting.”
The attorneys said the older siblings want to do things like go to the beach, the mountains and to movies, as well as attend college and have careers.
The adults communicate by Skype with the younger siblings, who are being cared for separately.
EARLIER: 13 Siblings Freed, Some “Bound With Chains And Padlocks”, By Parents In California Home – 57-year old David Allen Turpin and 49-year old Louise Anna Turpin were arrested and booked for violations of California Penal Code Section 206–Torture and Section 273a(A)–Child Endangerment, early Sunday morning, January 14, after 13 siblings were found held captive inside their home, some “bound with chains and padlocks” – the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reports.
Early Sunday morning on January 14, 2018, a 17-year old juvenile escaped from her residence situated in the 100 Block of Muir Woods Road, Perris and managed to call 911 from a cellular device she found inside the house. The teenager claimed her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive inside the residence by her parents and further claimed some of her siblings were bound with chains and padlocks.
When Police Officers from the Perris Police Department and Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department met with the juvenile, she appeared to be only 10 years old and slightly emaciated. After a brief interview with the female, they contacted 57-year old David Allen Turpin and 49-year old Louise Anna Turpin at the residence where the teenager escaped.
Further investigation revealed several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings, but the parents were unable to immediately provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that manner. 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 victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty. Perris Station Detectives were dispatched to the residence for further investigation.
All 13 victims, ranging from the age of 2 to 29, were transported to the Perris Station and interviewed. Both parents were detained and transported to the station for further investigation. Child Protective Services (CPS) and Adult Protective Services (APS) arrived to assist in the investigation. The victims were provided with food and beverages after they claimed to be starving.
The six children were eventually transported to the Riverside University Hospital System (RUHS) for medical examinations and admitted for treatment. The seven adult children were transported to Corona Regional Medical Center for an examination and admitted for medical treatment.
Both parents were interviewed in this matter and subsequently transported to the Robert Presley Detention Center (RPDC). They were booked for violations of California Penal Code Section 206–Torture and Section 273a(A)–Child Endangerment. Bail was set at $9,000,000.00 each.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is requesting anyone with additional information regarding this investigation to contact Master Investigator Tom Salisbury at the Perris Station by calling (951) 210-1000, or by email at PerrisStation@RiversideSheriff.org