Parents Who Held 13 Children Captive In Their Home Plead Guilty to Multiple Charges

UPDATED 2019/02/22 5:00PM

David and Louise Turpin each pleaded guilty to 14 charges of torture, adult abuse, child endangerment, false imprisonment and more on Friday, February 22nd, 2019. The couple held their thirteen children, seven of which were adults, captive in their California home, chained and living in squalor.

The ages of the children ranged from two to twenty-nine, and they had been shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks.

The couple was arrested after their 17-year-old daughter fled the home through a window and called police on a deactivated cell phone that she had found in the home as part of an escape she had planned for more than two years.  

They each are facing 25 years to life in person according to the Riverside Country District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney believes that the pleas will result in life sentences.

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