California siblings held captive, some chained to beds

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 19, 2018

The arrests of the parents accused of hold their children captive in Southern California was caught on video by a neighbor's surveillance camera.

When police arrived, they initially thought that she was just 10-years-old. She called 911 and was met by police who interviewed her and then went to the family home in Perris, about 70 miles south-east of Los Angeles.

Investigators found several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings, but the parents weren't able to give a logical explanation why the kids were restrained.

David Turpin, along with his wife Louise, were arrested Monday after a 17 year-old escaped from the home in Perris, Calif. and alerted police.

The victims, all siblings aged between two and 29 years old, were being held captive in a home in Perris, California, police said.

The childrens' grandparents said they were given "very strict homeschooling" that required them to memorize long Bible passages.

The six children were admitted for treatment at Riverside University Hospital, authorities said.

The officers also revealed that some of the 13 siblings found were adults though they were so malnourished and looking younger than their ages.

One neighbour told Reuters that the Turpin family "were the type that you didn't really get to know anything about them".

Media outlets cited the Turpins' neighbors as saying that "they seemed like the ideal family". The alleged victims ranged in age from 2 to 29; seven were adults.

Their bail was set at $13.1 million each.

David's parents James and Betty told KABC they were "surprised and shocked" by the allegations against David and Louise.

Meanwhile, Twitter users have been quick to react, with majority saying that they were shocked about the news.

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