California Parents accused of torturing 13 kids to appear in court

California Parents accused of torturing 13 kids to appear in court

California Parents accused of torturing 13 kids to appear in court

David Turpin and Louise Turpin, the California couple accused of holding their 13 children captive and torturing all but one, are facing additional charges, a prosecution spokesman said Friday. Louise Turpin was also charged with felony assault.

Riverside County District Attorney spokesman John Hall announced that the Turpin parents are facing three additional counts each.

Years of malnourishment and mistreatment - which included taunting the kids with delicious fruit pies placed just out of reach - stunted their growth and even caused cognitive impairment and nerve damage, prosecutors said.

Defence attorneys, who have asked the public to remember that their clients have a presumption of innocence, told the judge that they were sceptical they could be ready to proceed with a preliminary hearing of the case because of the voluminous amount of evidence turned over by prosecutors.

Lawyers for the Turpins walked away briskly, with David Macher, David Turpin's attorney, answering a string of questions with "I can't comment on that".

More than a month after their parents' arrest, the siblings were undergoing treatment at multiple hospitals, the adults separated from the children.

Second, Louise Turpin's attorney, Jeff Moore, filed a sealed motion earlier this week, but the contents are unknown.

"They didn't say a word", Perkins told the Press-Enterprise.

The case drew global media attention and shocked neighbors who said they rarely saw the couple's 13 children, who range in age from 2 to 29.

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The older siblings, who dream of one day going to college and pursuing careers, are also getting used to making their own decisions for the first time in their lives, their lawyers said.

A sign showing support for the Turpin children is seen on the front door of the home of David Allen and Louise Anna Turpin in Perris, California, U.S., January 24, 2018.

The same daughter - identified only as Jor the new complaint - was listed in prior court paperwork as the victim of a lewd act allegedly committed by David Turpin, 56, between November 2012 and November 2013, when the girl was younger than 14. The children are truly "special individuals", Osborn said. "Sometimes in this business we are faced with human depravity".

They say the hospital staff have converted a portion of the hospital to suit the needs of the adult Turpins, giving them outdoor space to exercise and play sports.

According to sheriff's investigators, the family moved to Murrieta in 2010, then to Perris in 2014.

Spiegel described the young adult victims as "so loving and warm and affectionate", and said they appreciate the "things we take for granted".

Instead of becoming famous, the Turpins have become infamous.

The house the children between the ages of 2 and 29 were found in has been described by police as a "house of horrors" despite its cheerful façade as the private Sandcastle Day School.

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