JammedUp News


Parents arrested after police find 12 siblings shackled to beds in California

January 17, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Parents arrested after police find 12 siblings shackled to beds in California

Are you in a legal jam? Find a Lawyer, Bail Bondsman or Private Investigator on JammedUp.

California Parents arrested after police find 12 siblings shackled to beds

A horrific scene of filth and depravity was found in a quiet California area — where a dozen emaciated brothers and sisters were discovered shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks after a 13th managed to flee the nightmare.

The siblings — who were between the ages of 2 and 29 — were being held captive by their parents inside a residence in Perris, California, located roughly two hours from Los Angeles.

The revelation was made after a 17-year-old girl fled from the house on Sunday and contacted the police on a phone that she snuck out with her.

Authorities soon located the teen, who they said seemed emaciated and instead looked about ten years old, ABC7 reported.

The girl then told police about her 12 siblings bound inside the home.

David and Louise Turpin, seen renewing their vows at an Elvis Chapel in Las Vegas in 2016, have been arrested after 13 of their children were found shackled to beds inside their home in California

Officers discovered five malnourished children inside the home who were unwashed and shackled with padlocks and chains. Seven of the other captives were adults — ages 18 to 29 — but looked much younger due to malnutrition.

Once they were freed, the siblings said they were “starving,” and were given food before they were brought to the hospital.

Parents David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested for the nightmarish conditions inside their home.

“The parents were unable to provide a logical reason why their children were restrained,” the Sheriff’s Department indicated in a statement.

Public records revealed that the couple filed for bankruptcy in 2011. David listed that he was a defense contractor Northrop Grumman.

David’s mother Betty Turpin said that she was surprised by the accusations and called her son a “very good man.”

“He is protective of the kids,” she said. “Everything is always in order.”

The grandmother said she hadn’t seen her grandchildren in a couple of years because they lived far away.

Neighbors were horrified to hear about the house of horrors.

A shocking scene of filth and depravity was uncovered in an idyllic California neighborhood, where more then a dozen emaciated siblings were found “shackled ..

They referred to the family as recluses and the home was described as desolate.

“My kids tried to sell them candy,” Antrina Mojica said. “They could hear people, but they wouldn’t open the door.”

Another neighbor said he saw a few “dirty” kids out on the lawn.

“I saw two or three kids once,” the neighbor stated. “They looked dirty. They were doing the front yard . . . I thought they were dirty from working.”

“It’s a quiet house,” he added. “It looked like it was abandoned like no one lives there.”

According to state records, the home is listed as the Sandcastle Day School, with David identified as the principal.

The parents renewed their marital vows in Las Vegas three times since 2011, according to Kent Ripley, an Elvis impersonator who officiated the ceremonies. Their children accompanied them twice.

“The only thing that seemed peculiar was the size of the family,” Ripley added. “That’s the Brady Bunch times two plus one. But they seemed polite, not rude and not underfed.

The couple remained in custody on Monday night on suspicion of torture and child endangerment. Bail was established at $9 million each.

Get the latest news from the world of crime