The kids were starved. The dogs were well-fed

Saturday, 20 Jan, 2018

I'm sure he tortured and abused them. "His eyes - he never wanted to make eye with anyone".

Two dogs, found at the home of a couple accused of keeping their 13 children captive, are to be raffled for adoption. The brothers and sisters range in age from 2 to 29, and they are all now being treated for malnourishment.

Hestrin said the torture gradually escalated after the family moved from Texas to Riverside County in 2011.

The victims, aged two to 29, were severely malnourished, suffering from muscle wasting and stunted growth. When that victim was able to escape the ropes, the parents reportedly began using chains and padlocks to restrain the victims to their beds.

On Thursday the couple will appear in court, and are expected to face charges of torture and child endangerment. David Turpin was also charged with a lewd act on a child by force or fear of duress, Hestrin said.

If convicted of all charges, they face a maximum sentence of between 94 years and life in prison.

During Thursday's brief court hearing, Judge Michael Donner ordered each defendant to remain held on US$12 million (S$16 million) bail and set the next court date for Feb 23.

Other animals apparently did not fare so well under their care, including a kitten that was apparently left in a dumpster when foreclosure forced them out of a Rio Vista, Texas, home in 2010, according to the Daily Mail.

Authorities on Sunday found the couple's 13 biological children malnourished and living in filth, after a 17-year-old girl escaped the house and alerted police.

However, being shackled and tortured is not the only hazard faced by children forced into the secretive and sometimes risky world of Christian homeschooling.

"What we would like the public to know is that our clients are presumed to be innocent, and that's a very important presumption", said David Macher, a public defender for David Turpin. We grow up viewing our families as if they're the whole world and then we go out in the world and have conflicts between what the world is like and what we saw in our families. "We've used people that we knew that they could develop a bond with and trust".

The siblings were described as "malnourished" and underweight, and told authorities they were "starving" when they were found. Tony Shin reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. All six minors were taken to the Riverside University Hospital System while the seven adults were transported to Corona Regional Medical Center, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Dr. Donald Kirby, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic, said the siblings' pale complexions could reflect a lack of sunshine and iron deficiencies caused by insufficient vitamins. When found, they hadn't been to a doctor in over four years and had never been to a dentist, he added.

The eldest, a 29-year-old woman, weighed just over five-and-a-half stone (82lbs).

David Turpin is listed in a state Department of Education directory as the principal of Sandcastle Day School, a private K-12 school that he ran from the house.

Clifford's wife said she when she would sometimes encounter the children, they would speak in unison, and in a monotone and robotic way, Clifford told ABC News. The whole family have asked for 20 years to be able to Skype them. "They're in good hands". "I can't even say the words to you that I would like to say to [Louise Turpin]". These kids - we were amazed.

The family were so odd that other neighbors believed they were running a religious compound.

Another sister, Teresa Robinette, tells NBC's "Today" show that Louise Turpin's children lived a strict existence without any social life.

"They weren't allowed to watch TV".

The parents had toys wrapped in the house that they didn't give to the kids.

The is also accepting monetary donations to benefit the family after all of the hygiene and clothing donations have been met.