David and Louise Turpin – the California parents who reportedly confined, tortured and malnourished their 13 children – now face up to 94 years to life in prison, authorities announced on Thursday.
The couple was officially charged in court today with 12 counts of torture, following their arrest this week for committing allegedly heinous acts.
As previously reported, the Turpins were discovered to have been keeping their kids captive for years, allegedly depriving them of food and keeping them chained to pieces of furniture for hours and hours at a time.
The kids ranged in age from two through 29.
A 17-year old daughter managed to escape and call the police, alerting them to the despicable conditions in which her siblings were being kept.
Bail has been set at $13 million for the Turpins in Riverside County, California.
Said Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin on Thursday afternoon:
“All the victims were and are severely malnourished. The 29-year-old female victim weighs 82 pounds.”
The kids were immediately sent to the hospital upon being rescued by authorities and are receiving various types of treatment.
They are receiving antibiotics, vitamins and nutrients and psychologists will soon be brought in to evaluate the victims when their physical conditions improve.
Hestrin also said that the children would “sleep all day and be up all night,” confirming reports from neighbors who have said they witnessed the kids being marched all around the home during very strange hours.
According to Hestrin, “none of the victims were allowed to shower more than once a year.”
Many were found lying in piles of their own feces this week.
“This is severe physical and emotional abuse we’re talking about,” Hestrin said. “It breaks our hearts, but we’re professionals and have to seek justice.”
He noted that the 17-year old who broke free and dialed 911 had been plotting her escape for …read more
Source:: The Hollywood Gossip