Thirteen children were rescued Sunday from what authorities could only describe as a "house of horrors" — a filthy home in Parris, California where they were kept shackled to beds and imprisoned by their parents.
David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were taken to jail where they remained Monday, "booked on charges of torture and child endangerment," according to a local NBC affiliate. They are being held on a $9 million bond.
Authorities discovered the horrific scene when one of the Turpin's older daughters managed to escape the home and call police on a cell phone she'd stolen from her parents, alerting authorities that her "siblings were still being held captive at their home, some of them shackled with chains and padlocks to their beds."
Officers from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said that although the woman gave her age as 17, they first believed her to be "only ten years old" because she was so badly malnourished.
When they reached the home, they discovered a number of young adults held captive in "dark and foul-smelling surroundings.” Because of their severe malnourishment, officers "were shocked to discover that 7 of them were actually adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29,” read the statement.
All of the children have been hospitalized. They will receive care from Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services.
Authorities say they are still piecing together what happened. Photographs obtained by the Daily Mail show the family in earlier days, dressed in matching outfits at what appears to be either a wedding or a vow renewal.