David and Louise Turpin are facing more than 38 counts of torture after the discovery of their House of Horrors in which they kept their 13 children, at the time aged 2 to 29, locked up, neglected, abused, and starved for decades. David, 57, and Louise, 50 were arrested in Perris, California in January 2018 after one of their teen daughters escaped the property and warned police. When police arrived at the home, they found the 13 emaciated children chained to their beds inside a “foul-smelling” room.
Part of the case against them, according to reports, will be built upon photos of the home’s conditions as well as the disturbing 911 call made by the teen who escaped. In the call, she told officers that the home smelled so badly that she could barely breathe. Photos of soiled underwear, photos of the children in chains, and evidence of the inhuman conditions inside of the home were listed among the evidence being presented in their case.
The pair will appear at a pre-trial hearing on February 22nd, though they are not expected to go on trial until September 3rd. Both David and Louise Turpin are incarcerated in Riverside, California, where they have been for over a year.
A lawyer for the thirteen children, who are all being cared for by the state, told the Today show that the children are adapting to normal life.