A malnourished 17-year-old girl led police officers in California to discover her 12 siblings captive, some chained to their bed, in “dark and foul-smelling surroundings,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. 57-year old David Allen Turpin and 49-year old Louise Anna Turpin were arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment.







The Turpin family

The Turpin family Photo Credit :David-Louise Turpin/Facebook

Two California parents have been charged with torture and child endangerment on Sunday after a malnourished escaped teenager led local police to discover her 12 siblings locked up in the couple’s home, some of them chained to their beds. The victims ranged from 2 to 29 years old, and appeared to be “malnourished and very dirty,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

“The teenager claimed her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive inside the residence by her parents and further claimed some of her siblings were bound with chains and padlocks,” read the police press release statement. The parents, 57-year old David Allen Turpin and 49-year old Louise Anna Turpin were arrested, questioned and were each charged with nine counts of torture and 10 counts of child endangerment. Their bail was set at $9 million each.

According to the Sherriff’s Department, the couple did not provide a logical reason as to why their children were restrained in that manner. The victims were given nourishment were admitted for medial treatment.