Grandparents Of 13 Siblings Chained Hell In House Claim They Were A Good Christian Family
Thirteen siblings — ages 2 to 29 — were found chained to their beds by police in Perris, California, after a 17-year-old girl escaped the family home and called 911 on Jan. 14.
The siblings’ parents David and Louise Turpin were arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment; their bail was set at $9 million each.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said several children were “shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings,” and “the victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty.”
The grandparents of the shackled children, James and Betty Turpin of West Virginia, told ABC News that their son, David, and his wife were considered a good Christian family.
James and Betty Turpin said they wee“surprised and shocked” by the allegations against David and Louisa whom they have not seen in four to five years.
James and Betty kept in touch with David and Louisa by phone, but had not spoken to their grandchildren.
James and Betty said that “God called on” David and Louise to have as many children as they did, but failed to offer any proof of their celestial claim.
James and Betty said the grandchildren were given “very strict homeschooling,” which included memorizing long passages from the bible.
James and Betty added that their grandchildren “looked thin,” the last time they saw them, but they seemed like a “happy family.”
Neighbor Josh Tiedeman told ABC News about the family: “Everybody was super skinny, not athletic skinny but malnourished skinny.”
Neighbor Wendy Martinez added: “They’re saying they are older but, to me, they looked young. You look in the driveway, there’s four new cars. I’ve seen cars leave that house. Why didn’t anyone ask for help?”
Neighbor Julie Olha was upset that the family’s Christmas decorations once stayed up long after Christmas:
Last Christmas, they had their nativity scene, and it stayed up for months and months, to the point where I wanted to knock on the door and say, “Listen, do you need help?” Past Easter, it was up.
I never met this family, but knowing this was going on in this environment, where you think it’s supposed to be safe for your own children and your own families. … How can two parents even fathom doing that to your children? It hurts my heart.
(Source: ABC News, Photo Credit: David Turpin/Facebook)