'Healthy' puppies found in California 'house of horrors' up for adoption

'Healthy' puppies found in California 'house of horrors' up for adoption

The Turpin parents allowed their children to eat only one meal a day but the parents would sometimes buy food, like pumpkin pies, and place it where the children could see it but not eat it.

The couple was arrested after a 17-year-old girl escaped Sunday from the home, near Los Angeles, and dialed 911 on a deactivated cellphone, according to police.

One 12-year-old is so malnourished that his weight was that of the average 7-year-old, and the 29-year-old female victim weighs 82 pounds, Hestrin said.

David Turpin, 56, and Louise Turpin, 49, pleaded not guilty Thursday to multiple counts of torture, child abuse, dependent adult abuse and false imprisonment.

The children would stay awake all night until going to sleep at four or five in the morning and slept during the day.

If the children washed their hands above the wrist they were subjected to punishments, allegedly accused of "playing with water". "We begged to see them, the whole family", she said.

- CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) January 18, 2018Other punishments including beatings, strangulation.

A pair of surprisingly healthy and well-trained Maltese terriers that once belonged to David and Louise Turpin are being put up for adoption. Meanwhile, their children are now being hospitalized for malnutrition and - for some - cognitive impairment from physical abuse.

Images of the two 1-year-old pups were posted by authorities, showing them wearing dog sweaters. The parents were able to get two of the children, 11 and 14, unchained before police entered, but a 22-year-old remained chained to the bed.

'Healthy' puppies found in California 'house of horrors' up for adoption
'Healthy' puppies found in California 'house of horrors' up for adoption

The siblings are being treated at Riverside University Health System Medical Center for extreme malnourishment.

Now, the hospital staff is acting as these siblings' "first stage of their introduction to the outside world", Kamalpour told ABC News.

Others who knew the Turpins are sharing their stories about the family as investigators try to piece together why their 13 children were locked in a basement chained to their beds.

She added: "I remember there were animal cages and newspapers strewn about on the floor, piles with faces on it".

"The staff that's worked with them have made comments to me", Uffer said. "Children who are homeschooled often relate to people outside the family and relate to the community and have community projects and are cherished".

The teenager who raised the alarm was so malnourished social workers believed her to be just ten years-old.

What the children were allowed to do was write in journals, hundreds of which are being examined by police.

"This is an ongoing investigation", Hestrin said.

The parents have been charged over the abuse which allegedly dates back to 2010.

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