California parents charged with torture after 13 siblings rescued from California home

In this Oct. 29 2011 image made from a video provided by A Elvis Chapel David Turpin and his wife Louise Turpin kiss while celebrating a renewal of their wedding vows in Las Vegas. They were arrested Sunday after authorities found their malnourished

Neighbours described the Turpin family as "private" and told press they had rarely seen the children coming out of the house.

The 13 victims are all believed to be the biological children of 57-year-old David Allen Turpin and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin, authorities said.

The home is in the Riverside county suburb of Perris, known for its Farmer Boys restaurant chain and - more recently - a rising trend in home foreclosures. Their bail has been set at $9 million each.

It was not immediately clear if the suspects had attorneys or whether they had entered a plea.

Dr. Sophia Grant, medical director of the child abuse and neglect unit for the Riverside University Health System, said it will take lengthy physical and emotional therapy for the children to recover. She is believed to be the 13th victim.

The Turpins filed for bankruptcy that same year, stating in court documents that they owed between $100,000 and $500,000. According to the website, the status of the school is "active".

Wendy Martinez, 41, a housewife who lives behind the single-story ranch-style home, told the Daily Mail she saw four of the kids kneeling in the front yard late at night around the end of October.

Flores, who herself is a mother of seven, also revealed that her parents flew out to California to visit but that her sister would not provide them a home address. "It was mostly girls, they were tiny, they looked a little [malnourished]".

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California parents charged with torture after 13 siblings rescued from California home

Neighbors in Perris, where modest but well maintained homes are tightly packed on suburban streets, said they were stunned by the arrests.

"Through the years, I actually remember them every well", he said of the family.

The family had moved from Texas to California within the last several years, according to The New York Times.

Members of the news media stand outside the home of David Allen Turpin and Louise Ann Turpin in Perris, California, U.S. January 15, 2018. His wife's occupation was listed as "homemaker".

"They seemed to enjoy each other. You never don't hear or see nine kids". "We remember them as a very nice couple". The victims were given food and drinks after they claimed to be starving. "They were really, really pale". Authorities said the pair could face charges of torture and child endangerment. She said the couple mostly kept to themselves and she never tried to pry.

Elizabeth Flores, of Cleveland, Tennessee, and her family. Several photos appeared to be taken at a wedding ceremony. "I would call that torture", he said.

Then, they danced to Presley's "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You". "They spoke often and fondly of their children".

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