Siblings allegedly starved, shackled and taunted with food

Louise Turpin in a California court. Source Getty

When police arrived at the victim's family home, they were greeted by extreme filth, a foul stench, and the sight of three children in chains.

David and Louise Turpin have been accused neglecting and torturing their 13 children.

Supposedly, they kept the children chained to furniture, beat them up regularly and starved them. For NPR News, I'm Benjamin Purper in Riverside, Calif. David Turpin had worked as an engineer for both Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. These barriers could include a blizzard of paperwork or onerous requirements about fire safety and other measures created to "protect" children in their own home. They also would make pumpkin pies and not let the hungry children eat them, the prosecutor said.

Additionally, David Turpin has pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing a child.

"My estimate is they could spend the rest of their lives in prison, so that's a very serious business".

They will be back in court on February 23.

"I will tell you as a prosecutor, there are cases that stick with you, they haunt you", Hestrin said. "One of our nurses, she says, 'I'm 24 years old.' And so these adults are right in her age group". Investigators were combing through hundreds of journals found in the home, Hestrin said.

Reporters allowed to enter the Texas home that was abandoned by the family in 2010 discovered soiled carpets and scratch marks on doors where it looked like children may have tried to escape. "I reply - have you met my kids?" "That is what we are looking at here". "And frankly, they may be enough to persuade a defendant that they don't want to go through a long trial here".

Ricky and Shelli Vinyard live across the gravel road. They lived in a remote town 50 miles south of Fort Worth. Brenda Taylor, Louise Turpin's aunt alluded to the façade held up by the couple on social media, where the two posted pictures of the family with their children all apparently clean and happy.

James Turpin said that he and his wife, who are both in their 80s, had not been to California in six years, but that the children appeared during that visit to be fine.

According to the Collegiate Times, David Turpin, 56, is a Virginia Tech graduate.

"I had no idea this was going on", he said as he stood in a nearby driveway and watched the scene.

Neighbours have told how they would rarely see the children - with one claiming to have been unaware there were any living at the house.

David and Louise Turpin now face charges of torture, child abuse, false imprisonment, and abuse of a dependent adult.

"I think I was around 9 years old when a family member that I loved so much and I was supposed to be able to trust molested me", she wrote, adding that the abuse continued throughout her childhood and teenage years.

Disturbing details have been slowly emerging over this past week about the Turpins, and this is what we know so far about the "California torture house" parents. "It was waist-deep in filth".

According to a statement from the City of Perris, two Maltese-mix dogs found at the home of David and Louise Turpin appear "healthy" and are available for adoption.

In the meantime, the journals will also have tremendous value for the criminal investigation, even though they may not be admissable as evidence in a courtroom, said Laurie Levenson, a criminal law expert at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

"It's like if I'm pulled over in my auto for no reason", she said.

Related News:

Most liked

Canadians vacationing in Jamaica's Montego Bay warned to stay within resorts
Police said they are taking a zero tolerance approach to crime while a major military operation is underway in parts of St James. Holness urged the public to cooperate with security forces, saying the operations may create some level of inconvenience.

Ice warning after snow travel delays
The Met Office have issued an updated weather alert for South Yorkshire, warning of possibly disruptive snow and ice on Sunday. At low levels, parts of the warning area will see 3-7 cm of snow but some places near the west coast will see very little.

Pakistan peg back New Zealand, despite Guptill ton
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has blamed his side's 5-0 ODI series whitewash against New Zealand to top-order batting failure. Pakistan batsman Babar Azam's sorry tour continues as New Zealand's Matt Henry strikes and Martin Guptill catches.

IOS Messaging Bug Can Freeze Your iPhone
Named the chaiOS message bug, the issue occurs when users receive a certain text message with what looks like undiscernable text. "I found a (small) bug that causes device to freeze, respring , drains battery, and/or sometimes panic", Masri tweeted .

Opposition party disrupts Lok Sabha proceedings over Anant Kumar Hegde's remarks
Several opposition leaders brought the ongoing winter session of the parliament to a stand-still in the wake of Hegde's comments. Earlier, the House was first adjourned till noon and then till 2pm due to unabated opposition protest over the same issue.

Steve Bannon subpoenaed by special counsel
Committee members said they will bring Bannon back as early as Thursday for more questioning under a subpoena they issued Tuesday. After excerpts from the book were published this month, Trump derided Bannon publicly and threatened to sue him for defamation.

DACA in limbo as Trump and lawmakers point fingers
Democrats have tied the immigration talks to spending negotiations being held ahead of a Friday shutdown deadline. In other words, Democrats are calling Trump's bluff, and if the government shuts down, it will be Trump's fault.

21 states are suing the FCC over net neutrality
As home to countless start-ups and technology giants alike, California knows this better than anywhere else. All 49 Democrats and one Republican (Susan Collins of Maine) are siding in favor of the resolution.

Nokia 6 (2018) and the Nokia 7 Receive Update to Android Oreo
The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor and it has 4GB of RAM and a choice of 32GB or 64GB of storage. It has released Android 8.0 Oreo for the Nokia 6 (2018 ) as well as the Nokia 7 which was launched in October a year ago .

Martin O'Neill turns down Stoke offer to become new manager
The news potentially opens the door for O'Neill to join the Premier League side, after he met club officials earlier in the week. O'Neill - and the FAI - still have some awkward questions to answer however.

Patriots Defensive Coordinator Matt Patricia 'Likely' To Be Named Lions Next Coach
Patricia has been a member of New England's staff since 2004, starting out as an offensive assistant, oddly enough. A native of Sherrill, N.Y., Patricia was an offensive lineman at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

Facebook shares slip after News Feed overhaul
That's because even if people read such content on Facebook, they don't necessarily comment or interact with it in other ways. In coming days, Facebook users will see fewer posts from publishers, businesses and celebs they follow.

Greyhound bus suspect is an illegal immigrant who has been deported before
About two dozen officers from multiple police agencies in Wisconsin started a pursuit that lasted 17 miles into IL near Wadsworth. The Sheriff's Office is recommending Vargas-Rosas be charged with making terroristic threats, a felony, and disorderly conduct.

San Angelo not spared from widespread flu cases across Texas
In Greater Williamsburg, about 80 percent of the cases have been a less severe strain of flu called "H1", Berg said. On Monday, the department said that one person - a 56-year-old woman - had died of the flu in the county .

Detective Pikachu US release confirmed with a giant amiibo
Another reward for patient fans will be the absurdly large special edition Detective Pikachu amiibo coming out alongside the game. Developed by Creatures Inc, Detective Pikachu is a puzzle-solving adventure featuring Pikachu as the titular character.