California: A mother and father must be charged with cruelty after their 13 malnourished kids were freed from a California house, where some of them were found shackled to the beds.
Police made this revelation after they found a 17-year-old girl fled from the house in Perris, 70 miles which are 115km east of Los Angeles, on Sunday. She was using a mobile phone she had found in her home where she was shackled to raise the alarm at 6 am in the morning, the Riverside County sheriff’s office said. She was so underfed that officers believed she was only 10 years old, and they mistook her seven adult siblings for kids.
The parents, David Allen Turpin who was 57 and the father of the kids, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, have been jailed on charges of torture and child endangerment. Their bail is set at $9 million each. David Allen and Louise Anna were “unable to immediately provide a logical reason” why their kids were shackled and held with the beds, authorities said.
The neighbours reported that the family as remarkably very religious and said the parents had so many kids because they considered “God called on them” to do so. They also added that the children were expected to memorise long Bible passages as part of “very strict homeschooling”.
David and Louise Turpin’s Facebook posts portrayed a happy if eccentric, family who have made at least three visits to Las Vegas in alternative three years, in 2011, 2013 and 2015, where the Turpins recommenced their wedding vows at a chapel led over by an Elvis Presley impersonator. Video footage of one ceremony posted online showed the children smiling, dancing and clicking their fingers behind their parents and most importantly, happy.
The Turpins registered for bankruptcy in 2011, stating in court documents they owed between $100,000 and $500,000, the New York Times stated.
California was shocked in the year 1970 by the case which came up about the girl Genie, this name was given to a 13-year-old girl whom police originally believed was aged around seven years. Her demented father had strapped her into a handcrafted straitjacket and tied her to a chair since she was a baby.
Andria Valdez, a neighbor, told the Press-Enterprise about the Turpin family that she had teased in the past that the Turpins recalled her of the Cullen family from the fictional series “Twilight.”
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