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.
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.
UPDATE: Booking Photos Torture/Child Endangerment Investigation in Perris pic.twitter.com/4IdK7vPB2n— Riverside County Sheriff's Dept (@RSO) January 15, 2018
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.