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David Allen Turpin is a resident of Perris, California ​. [3] [5] [9] [12] [14] ​ In January 2018, he and his wife received international media attention, after it was revealed they kept their children at their residence, described as a house of horrors in horrible living conditions. [33] [32] [30] [27]

David and Louise pictured in 2010

Personal Life

He is married to Louise Anna Turpin ​. They both have thirteen children together, between the ages of 2 and 29. [3] [5] [9] [12] [14]

The family moved to Perris  2014, and had previously lived in Texas. [21] [20] ​ He is the brother of Dr. Randy Turpin ​. [28] [33]


David is the principal of the private Sandcastle Day School ​, a school which he homeschools ​ his children at their residence. [21] [12]

The couple filed for bankruptcy ​ in California in 2011, stating in court documents that they owed between $100,000 and $500,000 in debt ​. At that time, Turpin worked as an engineer ​ at Northrop Northrop Grumman ​, and earned $140,000 annually. [14]

In the Media

On Sunday, January 14, 2018, David and Louise were arrested after their children were found shackled ​ to beds inside their home. [3] [5] [9] [12] [23]

A 17-year-old girl escaped from the home in the 100 block of Muir Woods Road and called 911 to report that her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive ​ by their parents. [3] [5] [9] [12]

She also alleged some of her siblings were bound in padlocked ​ chains. Investigators discovered several children emaciated ​shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings. [3] [5] [9] [12]

David and Louise were both charged with torture ​ and child endangerment ​. They were taken to the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside, California ​. Bail ​ was set at $13 million for each. [23] [3] [5] [9]

The children were taken into protective custody ​ and are currently receiving medical treatment. [14] [9] [12] ​ Neighbors described the Turpin parents as being odd. One neighbor stated she never saw a scooter or bike in the front yard. [20] [19]

David Turpin’s parents, James and Betty Turpin stated that they have not seen them in years, and stated that they are religious and kept having children because God ​ called on them. [27] [21]

The grandparents also stated that the children are homeschooled, made to memorize long scriptures in the Bible. Some of the children have tried to memorize the entire book. [27] [21]

In court (January 2018)

The parents are expected to be arraigned on Thursday, January 17, 2018. [27] [21] ​ ​ Both Turpins were charged with 12 counts of torture, 7 counts of abuse on a dependent adult, 12 counts of false imprisonment ​, and 6 counts of child abuse ​. [28] [28]

The couple could face up to life in prison if found guilty. [30] [27] ​  Each defendant is held in lieu of $13 million bail ​, $1 million per child. [30] [28]

Living conditions of children

The 13 starving siblings hardly ever saw the sun and were allowed, to eat only one rationed meal a day and shower just once a year. [28] [33]

They were allegedly beaten, choked and shackled to their beds with no access to a bathroom for months at a time for supposed offenses like playing with water when they washed their hands. [28] [33]

The parents would buy toys, but not let their children them play with them or even take them out of the packaging. [28] ​ They would make pumpkins pies and not let the hungry children eat them. [28] [33]

They were supposed to be home schooled, but they were so clueless about the world many of the children didn't know what a police officer was. [28] [33]

The family dogs, two Maltese Terriers ​ were found in better physical condition than the children and had been fed and taken care of. [33] [32]

Police probe

Cops are set to conduct DNA ​ tests and search for kids who may have not survived. [33] [32] ​Authorities also stated that David Turpin kidnapped his future wife, Louise, when she was 16 years old so they could elope ​. [33] [32]

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