House of Horrors: CA Couple Arrested for Alleged Torture of 13 Children
A California neighborhood was rocked by the arrest of a couple who are accused of keeping their 13 children shackled and on the verge of starvation.
Police in Perris, Calif., were alerted to the shocking situation when a 17-year-old managed to escape the home with a cell phone and call 911.
When authorities reached her, they believed her to be around 10 years old because of malnourishment.
David Turpin and his wife Louise were taken into custody on charges of torture and child endangerment after the kids - ranging in ages from two to 29 - were found locked up and starving.
Neighbors expressed shock at the arrests, though they recalled seeing some of the children outside the home looking "skinny" and "pale."
The residence was reportedly registered as a school with David Turpin listed as the principal. The Turpins had traveled to Las Vegas several times with the children, where they renewed their vows at an Elvis-themed chapel.
Kent Ripley, who owns the chapel, said he never noticed anything suspicious about the family, recalling the children as "smiling" but also quiet.
Watch Jonathan Hunt's report from "America's Newsroom" above.