California DA says couple's abuse of 12 kids became torture

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TWO healthy dogs have been rescued from the "House of Horrors" where 13 children were allegedly starved and tortured by their own parents.

She also revealed that when she called out to the four children it appeared as though they had been instructed not to respond. "We were all like a part of their nightmare", he said, fighting back tears. He and his wife, Louise, 49, sat without speaking, dressed in dark clothes during their initial court appearance on Thursday.

But when they returned to West Virginia, Mr Robinette let them marry and the young couple went to start their life in Texas, but the incident formed a rift between her parents, who separated about two years later and eventually divorced.

Ontiveros says no one knew what was happening behind closed doors.

"They were not allowed to have toys although there were many toys found in the house that were in their original package and had never been opened", he said. David Turpin also faces one count of committing a lewd act by force or fear. During their arraignment on Thursday, the couple each pleaded not guilty on all counts, after which the judge set bail at $12 million for each defendant. When one child was able to wriggle free, the couple began restraining them with chains and padlocks — for up to months at a time, Hestrin said.

Attorney Ambrosio Rodriguez who spoke to the publication also noted: "They develop a kind of cultish doomsday type of religion where the father becomes this mythical leader and the mother and children's duty is to serve the father".

Earlier this week, authorities said David and Louise Turpin were "unable to immediately provide a logical reason" why the children were shackled and chained and that Louise Turpin seemed "perplexed" by the investigators' questions.

Dr Bernard Gallagher, a child protection expert at the University of Huddersfield, says: "I see a lot of cases of neglect, where children are not washed or fed properly, but you don't often get cases of children being tortured, where the abuse seems calculated".

Prosecutors revealed that the children - aged 2 to 29 - were held captive with ropes and chains and severely malnourished.

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As a result of malnourishment, the 12-year-old child was the weight of an average 7-year-old while the oldest, a 29-year-old woman, weighed just 82 pounds, he said.

When authorities arrived Sunday night to a home in the California town of Perris, they found a family with 13 children, majority starved and startlingly skinny.

The Turpin's next court date has been set for February 23.

The police first found out about the case when the couple's 17-year-old daughter escaped and led them back to the Turpins' home in Perris, Calif. on Sunday.

Fellows said three children were found chained to furniture inside the residence. The parents would buy food for themselves but prohibit the children from having any, with the exception of the 2-year-old, who was getting enough to eat.

David and Louise's home supposedly doubled as a homeschool called the Sandcastle Day School, but it was never inspected by education officials, according to The Guardian.

Images of the two 1-year-old pups were posted by authorities, showing them wearing dog sweaters.

"The day he came and picked her up from school, I was told he told her that if she would elope with him and marry him he would give her everything she ever wanted", said Ms Robinette. She says her son shared her Pentecostal Christian faith but he wasn't affiliated with a church in California.

David and Louise Turpin look on as attorney David Macher speaks during their court arraignment in Riverside, California on January 18, 2018.

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