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13 children have been rescued after their parents held them captive

13 children have been rescued after their parents held them captive

Yesterday [Macau time], authorities say a 17-year- old girl called police after escaping from her family's home where her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive.

When officers found the girl, 17, who made the call, she was emaciated and appeared to be about 10 years old.

The parents of David Turpin and assumed grandparents to the thirteen siblings rescued by police in California from a house where some of them had been chained to beds have spoken out.

The police initially decided that children were minors, but then amazedly learned that seven of them were adults aged 18-29 and the smallest child was two years old.

The six children were admitted for treatment at Riverside University Hospital, authorities said.

57-year old David and 49-year old Louise were reportedly arrested on charges of child torture and child endangerment. The parents were reportedly charged with torture and child endangerment, and held on $9 million bail each.

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Public records show David Allen Turpin was registered to run the Sandcastle Day School at the premises. One woman said: "This family held their children captive in their house and chained them, their kids, to their beds".

The sheriff's department said the parents were "unable to immediately provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that manner". In all, the victims are between the ages of 2 and 29, the release stated. "The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty".

Robert Perkins said when he complimented some of the family building a nativity scene in their front garden "they didn't say a word".

"There was like no movement, not even to look over to see who's saying hi, like if they were told not to speak to anybody".

Social workers had never visited either, said Susan von Zabern, director of the county Department of Public Social Services.

The couple filed for bankruptcy twice.


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