Horrific details emerge as Perris parents accused of holding 13 kids captive are charged with torture

The Turpins’ 13 children, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were captives in the couple’s tract house on Muir Woods Road and appeared to have undergone years of abuse and starvation, authorities said. Some were shackled to their beds.

Hestrin said the children were forced to sleep during the day and were awake only at night. He said that the teenage girl who escaped from the home and alerted police about conditions inside had been “working on a plan to escape this abuse for more than two years.”

The parents would buy food for themselves, but not allow the children to eat it, Hestrin said. The couple would buy apple pies that only he and his wife ate and toys that sat unopened, he said.




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