New charges filed against parents in California abused siblings case

From Reuters - February 23, 2018

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Reuters) - A California couple accused of keeping 13 children imprisoned, chained and starved in a squalid suburban home were hit with additional charges on Friday as defense lawyers said they were overwhelmed by the sheer amount of evidence in the case.

David Turpin, 57, and his wife Louise, 49, were advised of the new charges during a brief hearing in Riverside County Superior Court at which they appeared dressed in black at a table with their attorneys but did not speak.

A spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorneys Office said the new charges included three counts of child abuse against both defendants. Louise Turpin was also charged with felony assault.

Further investigation we have been doing in this case led us to amend the complaint, which is not uncommon, spokesman John Hall said outside court.

The Turpins were arrested on January 14 at their home in Perris, California, about 70 miles (113 km) east of Los Angeles, after an emaciated teenage girl climbed out of a window of the house and called police.


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