California hostage suspect from Princeton area; parents speak out

Marco Green
January 16, 2018

A California couple has been charged with torture after police rescued their 13 malnourished children from a home where some of them had been chained to beds, and neighbours on Monday described the family as shut-ins who shunned social contact.

David and Louise have now been arrested on suspicion of torture and child endangerment and are being held on a $9-million bail each.

Police provided food and drink to the children, "after they claimed to be starving", the statement said.

"They were very, like, afraid", she said of the children.

David Turpin's parents, James and Betty Turpin, of West Virginia, told ABC News that they were "surprised and shocked" at the allegations because their son and daughter-in-law were "a good Christian family" who homeschooled the children.

There are indications that the children were allowed outside the house in recent years.

"I thought the kids were homeschooled".

"They looked very unnutrioned [sic], very white, like they never got sun at all", Martinez said, adding "they would never come out and when they did, the lady would stand there watching them".

According to The Guardian, some of the children were allegedly chained to beds.

According to public records, the couple own the home and have lived there since 2010.

The parents of David Turpin, the man accused in a hostage situation in California, are from the Princeton area.

California state records list David Turpin as the principal of the Sandcastle Day School, with its address at the Turpin house.

According to court papers when they filed for bankruptcy in 2011, the couple said they accrued between 100,000 and Dollars 500,000 debts opening the school, The New York Times said. He was arrested in May 2013 after one of his victims escaped.

Austria has seen two high profile kidnaps - Elisabeth Fritzl was imprisoned and raped over a period of 24 years by her father Josef while Natascha Kampusch was held for eight years by Wolfgang Priklopil before her 2006 escape.

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