Couple accused of chaining up 13 children lived in North Texas

Couple accused of chaining up 13 children lived in North Texas

Couple accused of chaining up 13 children lived in North Texas

Prosecutors have said the siblings, who are aged from two to 29 and are now being cared for by a special medical team, were subjected to very bad living conditions. A teenage captive had escaped through a window and called for help, revealing a crime that has horrified and captivated the nation.

David and Louise Turpin have pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of child abuse, torture, dependent adult abuse and false imprisonment charges that date back to 2010, when they moved to California from Texas.

A law enforcement official told NBC News that the 13 siblings were fed just one rationed meal a day.

At a news conference before the proceeding, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin described what he said was a case of "human depravity".

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Hundreds of journals have been seized as evidence by authorities as the children were ordered to write in them, even while chained up. The victims could suffer from complex post-traumatic stress disorder, which results from trauma that took place over a long period of time or in captivity, said Dr.

The children were also shackled and beaten for perceived minor infractions, authorities said. But this challenge also would be valuable in the study of communications barriers and the evolution of language.

"The children lacked a basic knowledge of life; numerous children didn't even know what a police officer was", Mr Hestrin said.

The children were reared on the graveyard shift, with the family staying up all night and going to bed shortly before dawn, Hestrin said. "This is the exact opposite".

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"This is actually very, very rare", said clinical forensic psychologist John Huber of Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, Jan. 17. "We need to highlight her to show the world there is hope out there", said Bailey.

Dr Lubit said that starving a child showed premeditation when compared with someone who lashes out and strikes his victim in a spasm of rage. They are considering bringing cadaver dogs into the home to search for remains.

Clifford's wife said she when she would sometimes encounter the children, they would speak in unison, and in a monotone and robotic way, Clifford told ABC News. "They didn't want to have a social conversation".

The Turpins are accused of starving their children to the point of dramatically stunting their growth, beating them and strangling them.

Hestrin said, "We're asking the public to reach out if they have any information about the case".

Therapists who have worked with children who went through similar ordeals agree that the teenager had to overcome mental hurdles as well as physical ones like being chained to a bed.

The abuse began when the family lived in Fort Worth, Texas, Hestrin said.

Authorities say the Turpins ended up in Perris, California, near Los Angeles.

His mum Betty, 81, said: "They were just like any ordinary family".

"They looked at us like a child who wants to make themselves invisible", Milligan said, adding she felt guilty that the alleged cruelty went unnoticed. "That is what we are looking at here". According to house of horrors mom Louise Turpin's brother, she wanted to add a 14th child to her brood of 13 with husband David, 56.

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