Monday 18 June 2018

Torture charges for parents whose 13 children were found in malnourished state

David and Louise Turpin could face life sentences if convicted of the charges.

Members of the media outside the house where the couple lived (Alex Gallardo/AP)
Members of the media outside the house where the couple lived (Alex Gallardo/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

The parents of 13 malnourished children found in alleged captivity in Southern California have been charged with committing years of torture and abuse and could face up to life in prison.

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin announced the charges against 57-year-old David Allen Turpin and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin at a press conference on Thursday.

The two are scheduled to make their first court appearance later in the day.

Authorities say the situation came to light early on Sunday when a 17-year-old daughter climbed out a window of their home, called 911 and showed deputies photos that substantiated her story.

Deputies found some of the children chained to furniture when they entered.

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