First look inside California's 'house of horrors'

Angelica Greene
March 9, 2018

Video shows a first look inside the Turpin family home in Perris, revealed by the 17-year-old daughter who escaped and alerted police about the harsh living conditions.

David and Louise Turpin were arrested and charged with numerous crimes, including multiple counts of torture and child abuse, after authorities received the tip in January.

David and Louise Turpin were arrested in January after their 17-year-old daughter escaped their house and called police.

The girl also allegedly has an Instagram account that included selfies and pictures of Justin Bieber. The teen found a way to post a series of videos on YouTube, singing what seems to be her own songs and describing life at home.

Another clip shows the girl playing with the family's two dogs, who authorities say were treated better than the children themselves.

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In a case that sent shockwaves across the world, investigators are still searching for a motive behind the alleged abuse of 12 of the children. Police said she was so emaciated when they found her they thought she was only ten years old. The children range in age from 2 to 29.

One of the girls in the Turpin family appeared on You Tube under a different name. David Turpin was also charged with one count of a lewd act on a child under the age of 14 by force, fear or duress.

The parents are accused of withholding food from their 13 children in addition to limiting their bathroom use and allowing them to only shower once a year. According to CBS News, they are facing 12 counts of torture, seven counts of abuse of a dependent adult, six counts of child abuse or neglect and 12 counts of false imprisonment. "He would sob like his shoulders would shake up and down ... when mentioned about his parents and his brother and not seeing them", she said.

David and Louise Turpin, meanwhile, are in jail awaiting their next court date of March 23. The couple allegedly shackled the children to furniture as punishment and kept them on a nocturnal schedule. They pleaded not guilty to all charges and their bail was set at $9 million each.

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