New Charges For Couple Accused Of Torturing, Imprisoning 13 Children


David and Louise Turpin, the California couple accused of torturing their 13 imprisoned children are facing new charges. 

The Riverside District Attorney's Office added three new charges of child abuse for the couple, while Louise Turpin was charged with an additional felony assault. David Turpin is facing one count of a lewd act on a child under 14. 

A spokesperson for the District Attorney's Office said the new charges were the result of investigators uncovering new information in the case. 

The California couple have already been charged with 12 counts each of torture and false imprisonment, six counts of child abuse, and seven of cruelty to a dependent child. Authorities discovered the Perris "House of Horrors" after a 17-year-old managed to escape from a bedroom window and contact police on a deactivated cell phone. 

Prosecutors say the Turpins tortured and abused the siblings who ranged in age from 2 to 29-year-old. The parents allegedly kept their children from eating more than one meal a day, and from showering more than once per year. Some of the siblings were tied to beds as punishment and deprived of food. 

The children have been taken to hospitals where they are currently being treated and evaluated. 

The Turpins are due back in court for a preliminary hearing which is set for May 14th. 


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