( Daily Mail ) Two parents have been arrested after 13 of their children were shackled to beds inside their home in California, police say.
The victims, all siblings aged between two and 29 years old, were being held captive at the home of David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, in Perris, California, police said.
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department began investigating after a 17-year-old girl freed herself, called police on a cell phone and escaped the home on Sunday morning, cops said.
The teenager, who was so emaciated police thought she was just 10 years old, told cops her 12 siblings were being held inside the home on the 100 Block of Muir Woods Road.
Officers then arrived at the home and found several children and adults chained and padlocked to beds in a foul-smelling room.
They were malnourished, dirty and all of them have been hospitalized, police said.
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