Children Found Malnourished and Chained to Furniture Deserve Justice

Target: Michael Hestrin, District Attorney, Riverside County, CA

Goal: Ensure that criminal charges are brought against the parents who allegedly starved and locked up their 13 children, and that they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Thirteen reportedly malnourished and abused siblings, some of whom were found shackled, were rescued from a house in Southern California, where they were being held in what authorities referred to as “horrific” conditions. The victims ranged in age from two to 29 years old and are being treated at a local hospital. They were rescued after a 17-year-old girl escaped through a window of the house and dialed 911 on a deactivated cell phone (which, as per California law, still had emergency call capabilities).

Deputies conducted a welfare check at the house and reportedly found filthy conditions, and some of the victims shackled to furniture with padlocks and chains. All of the victims were reportedly so malnourished that authorities were stunned to discover that seven of them were adults, and said that none of them looked any older than 13 or 14 years old. David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49—the biological parents—were reportedly “unable to immediately provide a logical reason” for the this treatment of their children. Sign below to demand that they are punished for their horrific alleged actions, if convicted.


Dear District Attorney Hestrin,

The 13 siblings rescued from their Southern California house, where they were allegedly held captive and mistreated, starved and chained, deserve justice. The “horrific” conditions in which they were reportedly kept are unexplainable and inexcusable.

The siblings range in age from two to 29 years old, but reportedly, none appeared older than 13 or 14 because they were so malnourished. They were allegedly rescued from filthy conditions where some were found chained to furniture. Their biological parents, who were allegedly keeping them in these conditions, must be punished for this terrible abuse. I urge you to ensure that David and Louise Turpin are brought to justice: criminally charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.


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Photo Credit: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

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  1. Unspeakable low-lives! Labor Camps for the rest of their lives!

  2. I would castrate him and remove her uterus! THEY DESERVE A VERY HARSH PUNISHMENT!!!

  3. Uhh They are worse then the things i thought was the worst.

  4. Of course they did that. In calif, the more kids you have, the more AFDC/food stamps you get

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