13 year old escapes house of horrors, alerts authorities of 12 other captives


We’re learning more about that shocking case of child abuse in California where two parents accused of abusing their children are said to have held 13 of them captive in their home.

Authorities say it was one of the 13 abused children who alerted them to what was happening inside the home.  She managed to escape through a window, call 9-1-1 and show investigators pictures of the abuse.  

CEO of Corona Regional Medical Center, Mark Uffer, says, “I’ve been in healthcare for a long time, I’ve never seen this.”

The video shows officers swarming in, taking their parents, David and Louise Turpin, away in handcuffs.  Investigators found three of the 12 remaining children inside “chained to furniture”.  Calling the condition of the home horrific, saying the children were so badly malnourished that seven of them, who were adults as old as 29, looked like children.

Greg Fellows, of Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Perris Station, says, “Being 17-years old and appearing to be a 10-year-old, being chained to a bed, being malnourished… I would call that torture.”

ABC News spoke with David Turpin’s parents, who said they are shocked by the allegations and that David and Louise Turpin are considered a “good Christian family” in their community.

Dr Sophia Grant, of the Riverside University Health System, says, “These kids are going to need a lot of support. It isn’t something that you go to a couple of sessions of therapy and you are better. This is going to be longterm.”

Investigators say this was their first time being called to the home and they don’t know how long the children were kept in those conditions.

–Danya Bacchus, ABC News

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