Police find children malnourished and shackled to beds in Perris, parents arrested

Two people were arrested after police discovered twelve victims, including a 2-year-old child, bound with chains and padlocks inside a Perris home.

A 17-year-old escaped from the home and called 911, according to The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. When deputies responded, they discovered several malnourished and dirty children shackled to beds with chains and padlocks. The home was dark and smelled foul.

13 victims, between the ages of 2 to 29, were interviewed by police and fed. The victims told police they were starving.  The six children and seven adults were then taken to the hospital for and examination and medical treatment.

The parents of the victims, 57-year old David Allen Turpin and 49-year old Louise Anna Turpin, were arrested for violations of torture and child endangerment. Bail was set at $9 million each.