13 kids shackled by parents and starving in their California home rescued after one brave child escapes

DCNFAmber Randall, DCNF

Two parents kept thirteen victims shackled in chains like slaves, California officials announced Monday after a home investigation.

Mugshot: David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin

Investigators were alerted to the situation when one of the victims managed to escape from padlocks and alert police officers for help, reports ABC 7.

The seventeen-year-old girl was able to get out of her chains and steal a cell phone from the house to call the police. The Perris Police Department and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department went to investigate and talked to the girl, noting that while she was 17, she was so starved she looked like a 10-year-old.

Authorities found 12 other victims in the house ranging from the ages of two to 29 years old. On top of being in chains and padlocked, the victims were also living in squalor and malnourished, investigators said. The parents did not give a reason for the condition of their children.

Image via Facebook

“All 13 victims, ranging from the age of two to 29, were transported to the Perris Station and interviewed,” the investigators noted in a press release. “Both parents were detained and transported to the station for further investigation. Child Protective Services (CPS) and Adult Protective Services (APS) arrived to assist in the investigation. The victims were provided with food and beverages after they claimed to be starving.”

Image via Facebook
Image via Facebook
Image via Facebook
Image via Facebook
Image via Facebook
Image via Facebook

The parents were subsequently arrested and booked on charges of child endangerment and torture. Their bail has been set at $9 million.

Follow Amber on Twitter

Freedom of Speech Isn’t Free
The Daily Caller News Foundation is working hard to balance out the biased American media. For as little as $3, you can help us. Make a one-time donation to support the quality, independent journalism of TheDCNF. We’re not dependent on commercial or political support and we do not accept any government funding.
 For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact [email protected].


Please help us! If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to BPR to help us fight them. Now is the time. Truth has never been more critical!

Success! Thank you for donating. Please share BPR content to help combat the lies.


We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.

PLEASE JOIN OUR NEW COMMENT SYSTEM! We love hearing from our readers and invite you to join us for feedback and great conversation. If you've commented with us before, we'll need you to re-input your email address for this. The public will not see it and we do not share it.

Latest Articles