California couple accused of torturing children face new charges

David and Louise Turpin allegedly kept 13 victims confined in filthy conditions in Perris home

KABC David and Louise Turpin allegedly kept 13 victims confined in filthy conditions in Perris home

Three additional charges of abuse were filed against both David and Louise Turpin on Friday, and one new count of felony assault was filed against just Louise Turpin.

As David and Louise Turpin are due to appear in court on Friday, lawyers representing their adult children gave an update on their progress almost six weeks after the siblings were rescued from the family's "house of horrors" in Perris, California. Both David and Louise pled not guilty to the new charges.

Years of malnourishment and mistreatment - which included taunting the kids with delicious fruit pies placed just out of reach - stunted their growth and even caused cognitive impairment and nerve damage, prosecutors said.

Defense attorneys, who have asked the public to remember that their clients had a presumption of innocence, told the judge on Friday that they were skeptical they could be ready to proceed with a preliminary hearing in the case in May because of the voluminous amount of evidence turned over by prosecutors.

David Turpin during a recent court appearance.

Seven adult siblings are now living at the Corona Medical Centre. "She was real busy home-schooling", Louise's brother, Billy Lambert, told People magazine.

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"Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house, but were shocked to discover that 7 of them were actually adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29", the police statement read.

The seven adult Turpin siblings are on the road to recovery at Corona Regional Medical Center, where they can catch up on recent trends, get sunshine and practice music.

Louise Turpin, left, and her attorney, Jeff Moore, appear in court for a conference about their case in Riverside, Calif., Friday, Feb. 23, 2018.

The grinning ghouls are accused of keeping 13 children imprisoned, chained and starved in a squalid suburban home.

The two have previously pleaded not guilty to a slew of other charges including torture, and are being held in prison on $12 million bail.

"I just want you to understand what special individuals they are", Osborn said. "Sometimes in this business we are faced with human depravity".

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Last month, a Riverside judge barred the parents from contacting the children for the next three years, including by phone or electronically.

They say the hospital staff have converted a portion of the hospital to suit the needs of the adult Turpins, giving them outdoor space to exercise and play sports.

"They only came out at night", Valdez explained. The Turpins, according to relatives, moved to California to be "closer to Hollywood", chasing dreams of a reality show about their large, picturesque family.

'They talk about how warm and loving these kids are and so appreciative, ' Spiegel said.

Instead of becoming famous, the Turpins have become infamous. David Turpin is additionally charged with one count of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old.

Louise Turpin, dressed in a blouse and blazer, looked intently at more than a dozen reporters in the courtroom.

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