American parents plead not guilty to child torture as horrific details emerge

Created on: 19th January 2018

American parents plead not guilty to child torture as horrific details emerge

This extreme abuse could happen anywhere in the world and especially in the west, where we have been told to not to interfere with other people`s lives. 

A California couple who chained their 13 children to beds and punished them for washing their hands, pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of torture. The district attorney said the siblings lacked a “basic knowledge of life.”

David Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested this week after authorities discovered 12 of their children were malnourished and being held captive in their house in Perris, California, 70 miles east of Los Angeles.

On Thursday, Riverside County district attorney Michael Hestrin announced that both Turpins were being charged with 12 counts of torture, seven counts of abuse on a dependent adult, six counts of child abuse or neglect and 12 counts of false imprisonment.

David Turpin was also charged with one count of lewd act on a child by force or fear or duress. Hestrin said the victim was one of Turpin’s daughters under the age of 14.

If convicted on all of the current charges, the Turpins face up to 94 years to life in prison.

“In more than 20 years as a prosecutor in Riverside County, this is one of the most disturbing cases I've seen,” Hestrin said, according to NBC News. “We are fully prepared to seek justice in this case and to do so in a way that protects all of these victims from further harm.”

Police were first alerted to the crimes at the Turpin residence when one of the siblings managed to escape from the house. The 17-year-old daughter who called police had planned her escape for over two years. She climbed through a window and took one of her sisters with her. However, that child eventually became frightened and went back into the house.

Hestrin said the parents managed to unchain two of the victims before the police entered. An 11-year-old and a 14-year-old child were unchained as the police stood at the front door, but police found a 22-year-old still chained to a bed.

The victims told investigators they started being tied up as a punishment “many years ago.”

Posted by Amanda Hopkins

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