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1 of 13 captive children plotted escape for two years, prosecutors say

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1-18-18 UPDATE:

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Latest on the case against the parents of 13 children found malnourished, some chained to furniture, in their Perris, California, home (all times local):
  
11:15 a.m.
  
Prosecutors say 13 malnourished children found in captivity in California were chained as punishment and a 17-year-old plotted her escape for two years.
  
Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said Thursday that another sibling escaped with the 17-year-old over the weekend but turned back out of fear.
  
Hestrin says all 13 victims were severely malnourished and as a result some have cognitive impairment and a lack of basic knowledge of life. He says a 29-year-old female victim weight 82 pounds.
  
Hestrin says none of the victims were allowed to shower more than once a year.
  
Fifty-seven-year-old David Allen Turpin and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin have been charged with torture and abuse.
  
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11 a.m.
  
The parents of 13 malnourished children found in alleged captivity in Southern California have been charged with committing years of torture and abuse and could face up to life in prison.
  
Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin announced the charges against 57-year-old David Allen Turpin and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin at a press conference Thursday.
  
The two are scheduled to make their first court appearance later in the day.
  
Authorities say the situation came to light early Sunday when a 17-year-old daughter climbed out a window of their home, called 911 and showed deputies photos that substantiated her story. Deputies found some of the children chained to furniture when they entered.
  
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11:29 p.m.
  
The grandparents of 13 starved and tortured children say their son's family looked happy and healthy when they last visited California six years ago.
  
Betty and James Turpin of Princeton, West Virginia say they were in shock when they learned of the arrest of their son David Turpin and his wife, Louise Turpin this week.
  
They told the Southern California News Group that their grandchildren all called each other "sweetie" when they visited their home in Murrieta, California six years ago, and none of them appeared malnourished.
  
Betty Turpin says her son told her he had so many kids because God wanted him to. She says her son shared her Pentecostal Christian faith but he wasn't affiliated with a church in California.
  
David and Louise Turpin are expected to make their first court appearance on Thursday.
 

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1-17-18 UPDATE:

PERRIS, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on family members found shackled in a California home (all times local):
  
10:20 a.m.
  
Officials say there are no records that fire officials in the California city of Perris conducted required annual inspections at the home that served as a private school where authorities say 13 children were tortured by their parents.
  
In response to a public records request by The Associated Press, Perris assistant city clerk Judy Haughney said Wednesday there were no records of any fire inspections conducted at the home. The city's fire marshal, Dave Martinez, did not return repeated phone messages seeking comment.
  
David Allen Turpin and his wife, Louise Anna Turpin, were arrested Sunday after authorities found the malnourished children in their home in the Los Angeles suburb.
  
The house doubled as a private school. But no state agency regulates or oversees private schools in California.
  
They are, however, subject to an annual inspection by the state or local fire marshal.
  
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6:45 a.m.
  
The sister of a woman accused with her husband of keeping their 13 children captive in California says she never got to know her nieces and nephews.
  
Elizabeth Jane Flores tells ABC News' "Good Morning America" that she tried for years to get in touch with her sister, Louise Anna Turpin, but Turpin shut her out.
  
Louise Turpin, 49, and her husband, 57-year-old David Allen Turpin, face torture and child endangerment charges. Officials say their children were malnourished and chained to furniture.
  
Flores tearfully said Wednesday that she and Turpin didn't have a relationship for decades beyond the odd phone call. Flores says she is shocked by her sister's arrest.
  
Another sister, Teresa Robinette, tells NBC's "Today" show that Louise Turpin's children lived a strict existence without any social life.
  
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4:25 a.m.
  
The sister of a woman who along with her husband faces allegations of keeping their 13 children captive in their California home says her nieces and nephews faced an extremely strict existence.
  
On the "Today" show Wednesday, Teresa Robinette, whose sister, Louise Anna Turpin, and brother-in-law, David Allen Turpin, have been jailed and could face charges of torture and child endangerment, says the children didn't live a normal life.
  
Robinette says the children didn't have a social life and weren't allowed to watch TV.
  
Officials said the children, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were so malnourished the older ones looked like children. Robinette says she voiced her concerns about the children to her sister but was told their father was tall and lanky and they'd grow up to be like him.
  
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11:40 p.m.
  
A 17-year-old girl who looked closer to 10 jumped out a window, called 911, and showed the world the secret horror she and her 12 brothers and sisters had been living through.
  
Her suburban Southern California home served as a private school and a prison for the siblings aged 2 to 29.
  
And until the girl fled with photographic evidence, it appears no one, neither neighbors nor public officials, knew anything about what was happening inside.
  
Deputies said some siblings were shackled to furniture in the filthy, foul-smelling conditions. They were so malnourished the older ones still looked like children.
  
The parents, 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin and 57-year-old David Allen Turpin, were jailed on $9 million bail. Charges that may include torture and child endangerment could come Wednesday.

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1-16-18 ORIGINAL STORY:

PERRIS, CA - Two parents are being held on $9 million bail each after a horrific discovery at a home in Perris, California Sunday. 

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department says a 17-year-old girl escaped from her house in the 100 block of Muir Woods Road, in Perris and managed to call 911 from a cell phone she found inside the house. The teenager claimed her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive in the home by her parents and said some of her siblings were bound with chains and padlocks.

When officers and deputies arrived, the sheriff's department says they met with the girl, who appeared to be only 10 years old and slightly emaciated. After a brief interview, the sheriff's department contact the parents, identified as 57-year-old David Allen Turpin and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin at the house where the teen escaped.

Investigators found several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings, but the parents weren't able to give a logical explanation why the kids were restrained.

Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house, but were shocked to discover that 7 of them  were adults between the ages of 18 and 29. The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty, according to the sheriff's department. Detectives were dispatched to the home to further investigate.

All 13 victims were taken to the police station and interviewed. Both parents were detained and taken to the station for further investigation. Child and Adult Protective Services arrived to assist with the investigation. The victims were given food and drinks after they claimed to be starving.

The six children were then taken to Riverside University Hospital System for medical examination and admitted for treatment. The seven adult children were taken to a different hospital in the area for treatment. 

The parents were booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on child endangerment and torture charges.

Bail was set at $9 million each.

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