Teen’s Escape Leads to Discovery of 13 Malnourished Victims Held Captive in Perris Home, Including Kids Chained to Beds: Sheriff
Two parents are being held on $9 million bail each after a horrific discovery at a residence in Perris over the weekend — 13 malnourished siblings held captive amid dirty conditions, including some children shackled to beds, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Monday.
Disclaimer: No images of the victims, who deserve our respect and support, have been posted here.
The couple in this terrible story, identified as 56-year-old David Allen Turpin and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin, have a facebook page under the name “David-Louise Turpin” and although visible posts are limited there is enough there, going back years, to have flagged up cause for concern.
Most images shown are of the renewal of the couple’s vows and the rest are various trips to DisneyLand in which the children are all dressed identically.
Nothing necessarily strange about that but with such a wide age range amongst the siblings it could be considered a little odd.
Reading comments on photos, by friends and family, gives an insight into the lives of those in this family. All very gushing about what a great family they are and how “well-behaved” the children are.
Again, well-behaved children are great but what else do we know about them? The boys seem to be modelled on their father, with that same bowl haircut, and one wonders if they were ever taken to an actual barbershop and if they ever interacted with other children; at school or elsewhere.
The questions are many and varied but some are, how can something like this happen in plain sight?
What led to this extraordinary and horrific situation?
Why did no one raise the alarm?
How can we prevent further cases like this?
Respect, dignity and love should be offered to the victims and all the support that they will need to adjust to move forward healthily and happily in their lives.