Torture investigation launched after 13 believed held captive in California home


David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested and each charged with nine counts of torture and 10 counts of child endangermentHow old are the children and what have their family said?

The Californian Torturing Couple was recently arrested and held on $9 million bond.

Pictured above: Louise Anna Turpin and her husband David Allen Turpin.

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

County records indicate that the Turpins own a property at 160 Muir Woods Road.

Public records indicate the couple have lived at the address for several years and lived in Texas for many years before coming to California.

The teen fled her Perris house early Sunday and called from a cellular device she took from her suburban tract house, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. She said her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive.

The California parents accused of starving and torturing 13 siblings believed "God called on them" to have so many children, relatives said.

The six children - including the 17-year-old who escaped - are being treated at Riverside University Health System Medical Center in Moreno Valley.

There was no answer at Child Protective Services' main offices on Monday, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. A supervisor at the child abuse hotline said he could not provide any information. Investigators have yet to determine how long the children had been living in those conditions. From the photos, the family, dressed in identical clothing seems happy and healthy, the Independent reports. At that time, David Turpin worked as an engineer at Northrop Grumman.

Photos posted on Facebook between 2010 and 2012 show that the couple took their children to Disneyland on at least two separate occasions. I am so proud of you Louise and David.

In one ceremony, the girls, wearing matching plaid dresses, lead the processional, and the boys, wearing dark suits, stand with their father. Others say the family was intensely private. And there are lots of pictures of the baby, including one in which she wears a "Mommy loves me" T-shirt.

Many reported rarely seeing the Turpin children.

"The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty", the statement said. When confronted, the Californian torturing couple could not offer any plausible reason for the individuals' deplorable physical condition nor why they've chose to lock them up in the house's basement.

The school was opened in March 2011, the website says.

Dennis Cooke, who works at a Home Depot in Perris, said he had been shown around the Turpins' home before the family moved in.

Neighbours previously described the unusual behaviour of Californian family the Turpins as vampire-like, and said the horrific discovery of captive children was "heartbreaking".