- David and Louise Turpin appeared in court on Thursday and denied all 75 charges against them
- They are alleged to have made their children stay awake until 4am or 5am every night then they slept all day
- They ‘tied them to their beds with chains and shackles for months at a time and none ever saw a dentist’
- The children were ‘forced to watch them eat pies but were seldom fed themselves and showered once a year’
- The ‘only thing they were allowed to do’ was keep journals, hundreds of which were recovered on Sunday
- The hospital caring for the siblings launched a fund for them on Thursday for strangers to donate to
- The siblings’ escape plan had been in the works for two years before they were rescued earlier this week
- If convicted of all, they face a minimum of 94 years in jail each but prosecutors are seeking life sentences
In a mountain-ringed development of tile-roofed homes in the Californian city of Perris, a nightmare was unfolding unnoticed for the 13 Turpin children who lived inside their dilapidated house.
One of the eldest daughters, aged 17, planned her escape for over 2 years before finding the bravery to execute it. When authorities turned up at the filthy property, what they found was a disturbing and upsetting scene.
The 13 children, whose ages ranged from 29 to 2 years, were so neglected and malnourished that they resembled children far younger. The 17-year-old who managed to escape was initially thought to be around 10 years.