Police: Parents in California arrested after kids found shackled, malnourished inside home

David Allen Turpin.
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Authorities in Perris, California, have arrested a husband and wife who allegedly kept their 13 kids, ranging in age from 2 to 29, captive inside their home, with some shackled to their beds and all of them malnourished.

Early Sunday, a 17-year-old girl was able to escape from the house with a cellphone and called 911. When police met the girl, they thought she was about 10 years old because she is so emaciated, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. Police entered the house and found "several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings," the department said. David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were "unable to immediately provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that manner," officials said, and they were both arrested.

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