California Parents accused of torturing 13 kids to appear in court

26 February, 2018, 09:25 | Author: Rita Burton
  • The lawyers representing the seven adult Turpin children say they continue to recover from their years of abuse at the Corona Regional Medical Center. The six younger siblings have been split between two foster homes

Louise Turpin, left, and her attorney, Jeff Moore, appear in court for a conference about their case in Riverside, Calif., Friday, Feb. 23, 2018.

Prosecutors allege Louise assaulted one of the couple's daughters on or after January 15, 2015, by a means "likely to produce great bodily injury". An additional felony assault charge has been lodged against Louise Turpin. A judge set bail at $12 million for each defendant. The judge set their preliminary hearing for May 14.

Osborn went on to talk about "what special individuals" the kids are and how "they may have an opportunity" to pursue life the way they want to.

In court, David's defense lawyer David Macher expressed concern he might not be ready by mid-May to cross-examine the witnesses called by prosecutors for the preliminary hearing.

"It streamlines the process, where you don't have to bring victims in to testify". There are no new victims, Hall said.

David and Louise Turpin have each been charged with 12 counts of torture, 12 counts of false imprisonment, seven counts of abuse of a dependent adult and six counts of child abuse.

The couple was arrested last month after their 17-year-old daughter escaped from the family's home in Perris, California, and called 911. Court documents say David Turpin made about $140,000 as an engineer, while his wife stayed at home.

Police initially thought all the siblings were minors, due to their small size.

The family had also lived in Murrieta, Calif., where neighbor Mike Clifford said he often spotted the children through a window on the second floor at night.

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A spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney's Office said the new charges included three counts of child abuse against both defendants.

The six younger kids have been split up between foster homes. If they misbehaved, they were tied to their beds as punishment - first with a rope and later, after one wriggled free, with chains and padlocks - and were kept from using the bathroom, prosecutors said. There are lots of firsts. "Introducing them to different foods too so they've been getting tacos, enchiladas, lasagna and things like that. He didn't want to lose them".

"I have actually gone over and showed them some chords and they loved that", Corona Regional Medical Center CEO Mark Uffer told People.

Louise Turpin, along with her husband, is accused of torturing her kids.

. "She told us David was making two or three hundred thousand [dollars] a year, so we thought they had this awesome life and always going on trips". They're embracing the relationships they're developing with their (caregivers). "They're beginning to prosper".

Part of the hospital has been converted to an outdoor exercise and sports area.

"Our clients are doing very well in their recovery".

David and Louise Turpin are facing almost a century in jail each if convicted as charged.

He said the first time he brought out his acoustic guitar to entertain them, it brought smiles to their faces.

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