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This week on Crime Watch Daily: David and Louise Turpin, accused of torturing and imprisoning their 13 children, could face up to 94 years to life in prison each if convicted of their charges. They entered not-guilty pleas to charges of torture, abuse and imprisonment on Thursday. David Turpin is also accused of a lewd act on a child. The investigation was sparked after a 17-year-old girl escaped from her home in Southern California and reported her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive. Investigators discovered "several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings."
Ambrosio Rodriguez, who spent 13 years as Senior Deputy District Attorney of Riverside County with experience in the sexual assault child-abuse unit, discusses the torture and child abuse case against David and Louise Turpin with Crime Watch Daily.
They seemed “scared to death,” said one neighbor. “You could tell they were terrified.” She said the children seemed to be on the defensive, “Where they're trying to deter a threat, where they were like 'I'm invisible. You can't see me.'”
For years, the 13 starving children lived in squalor, shackled with padlocks while their parents taunted them with pies left on the counter of their California home, authorities say.
After authorities found the Turpin siblings locked up in a foul-smelling dark home in Riverside County, there is new scrutiny on California’s loose home-schooling regulations, raising questions about whether they contributed to the children’s prolonged neglect.
The former classmate suspected of killing 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein, whose body was found in a shallow grave in Borrego Park a week after he was reported missing by his parents, was charged with murder and ordered to remain in jail without bail.
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