A 17-year-old girl “escaped” from her home in the 100 block of Muir Woods Road early Sunday morning. She called 911 and reported that her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive inside the residence by her parents and further claimed some of her siblings were bound with chains and padlocks.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department responded and indicated that they found a horrific discovery at the parents residence in Perris. Investigators discovered several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings.
When Police Officers from the Perris Police Department and Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department met with the juvenile, she appeared to be only 10 years old and slightly emaciated.
Further investigation revealed several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings, but the parents were unable to immediately provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that manner. A total of 13 victims were being held captive in the home. The victims ages ranged between the ages of 2 and 29. Seven of the children held in chains were adults.
Deputies identified he parents as 56-year-old David Allen Turpin and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin. After being interviewed, they were each booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center on suspicion of torture and child endangerment.
The six children were eventually transported to the Riverside University Hospital System (RUHS) for medical examinations and admitted for treatment. The seven adult children were transported to Corona Regional Medical Center for an examination and admitted for medical treatment Their conditions is unknown at this time.
Anyone with information about the investigation is urged to call Investigator Tom Salisbury at the Perris Station at 951-210-1000.
Press Release Provided By the Riverside County Sheriffs Department