The California police reportedly rescued thirteen siblings from a house where some of them had been chained to beds by their parents. It was after a 17-year-old girl escaped the house in Perris and alerted the authorities that her other 12 siblings, who range in age from 2 to 29, were rescued.
Shockingly, they were living in the dark without access to adequate food or water. Some of the children were restrained with chains and padlocks, according to NY Times.
“Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house, but were shocked to discover that seven of them were actually adults,” the police reported.
The children’s parents, David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested after were unable to immediately provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that manner.
The two were arrested on nine counts each of torture and child endangerment. They were being held in jail with bail set at $9 million each, the authorities said.