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California Couple arrested for holding their 13 Children Captive “shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks”



California Couple arrested for keeping their 13 Children captive in filthy conditions

Police in Riverside County, California has arrested a couple for keeping their 13 children captive in their home, shackled to beds with chains and padlocks.

The children who ranged from ages 2 to 29 all “appeared malnourished and very dirty,” as they were shackled to their beds “in dark and foul-smelling surroundings”.

The incident report revealed that 7 of the victims were adults, between the ages of 18 and 29.

One of the children, a 17-year old had managed to escape and called 911 from a cell phone she found in the house. Authorities came and found the 12 others in very terrible state.

According to police, the older ones looked no more than 12 at most as they were looking very malnourished and slightly emaciated.

The couple David Allen Turpin (57) and Louise Anna Turpin (49) were charged with torture and child endangerment and taken to the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.

The children have also been taken away and are been treated.

David’s mother told CNN that the couple were very protective of their children and they were a highly respectable family. She said:

They were very protective of the kids. When they went out, the couple would line the children up according to age, and the parents took their positions at the front and back of the line. It was easier to keep up with the kids. This is a highly respectable family.

Photo Credit: Riverside County Police Department


  1. o

    January 18, 2018 at 12:05 am

    Highly respectable my foot. Sickos!

  2. Cocoa

    January 18, 2018 at 12:39 am

    Highly respectable yet their own children were chained to beds like domestic pets!

  3. Drknite

    January 18, 2018 at 3:08 am

    I like to meet their barber

    • Seriously

      January 18, 2018 at 11:12 am

      Don’t wish for something you can’t handle.
      That barber is Devil himself.
      I hate how Folks always see odd things but don’t say anything. To hell with privacy. Just their haircut gives it away.
      To have neighbors, family say oh we’ve never seen the 13 children play outside, or they were outside at 11pm digging hole. WTH that was a dead giveaway. Is it the sister who mentioned she wasn’t allowed to speak or see the kids in 20years. And she never reported.
      Evil is everywhere. Some countries broadcast it more than others.
      “ The heart of man is desperately wicked”

  4. Nakoms

    January 18, 2018 at 3:32 am

    Oyibo people sabi do things to extreme sha!!!
    If they good them better pass angels and if they bad kwa, them wicked pass Satan himself!!!

    • iHeart

      January 18, 2018 at 5:07 am

      As if we don’t have our own collection of depraved, despicable and wicked humans here on the dark continent or in the so called giant of Africa.

      I laugh when I see comments like this. Because we don’t have investigative journalists or a functional social care set up.

      A lot of dastardly acts go unreported, the ones that very rarely come to light are the tip of the ice berg. Recently, there was a report about a woman who chained her maid and travelled for the holiday without food? So what are we saying?

      Let’s stop this stereotyping of foreigners Abeg. There are depraved and mentally sick people in all races as there are also people with hearts of gold.

  5. Bellaaa

    January 18, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    That MOTHER needs to be arrested too….that her mouth she is using to say “highly respectable” needs to be padlocked and her hands chained as well.

    Just wondering what THE PARENTS were thinking? Must say they are too sick to raise those children…They need HELP.

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