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Parents arrested after police find 13 children, ages 2 to 29, shackled with chains

(Photo: Perris Police)

(KUTV) - Sheriffs in Perris, California are investigating a disturbing case where two people stand accused of shackling their children to their beds.

57-year-old David Allen Turpin and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin were arrested after one of their children called the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and alerted authorities of the situation.

The girl who escaped "appears to be only 10-years-old," but was actually 17, told police her 12 brothers and sisters were all chained to their beds in filthy conditions.

Further investigation revealed the parents were unable to provide a logical reason why their children were restrained.

Deputies found 13 of the couple's children inside the home, including seven adults, all ranging in age from 2 to 29.


They were malnourished and living in "dark, foul-smelling conditions, according to police.

Both parents were arrested and booked into jail on child endangerment charges.

Their bail is set at $9,000,000 each.

You can read the press release here.



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