This story just broke but it sounds absolutely horrific.
A Southern California couple is in custody on suspicion of torture and child endangerment after 12 of their children allegedly were found captive in the couple’s home, with some of them shackled to beds.
David Turpin, 57, and Louise Turpin, 49, were each being held on $9 million bail, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Monday afternoon.
Authorities said the investigation began after a 17-year-old girl “escaped” from the home in Perris and called 911 early Sunday to report that her 12 brothers and sisters were being held by their parents.
The sheriff’s office said investigators initially believed the “slightly emaciated” girl was just 10 years old when they first saw her.
There’s a really weird photo of them from their Facebook and they look pretty happy:
When officers and deputies went to the Turpins’ home, they found “several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings,” according to the sheriff’s office. The statement added that the parents were “were unable to immediately provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that manner.”
Authorities initially believed that all the victims they found were children. However, investigators eventually discovered that seven of the victims were over 18.
I know what’s going to happen already – sad childless liberals will use this case to cast aspersions on anyone who has more than one child. I know many families like this (mostly Catholic ones), and I can tell you that I see way more disfunction in small families than in large.
Still, this is evil and disgusting.
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