Family Crimes

'Foul-Smelling' Home Where 13 Siblings Were Allegedly Shackled And Abused Now Up For Sale

David and Louise Turpin were arrested in January for allegedly abusing their 13 children, who ranged in age from 2 to 29, after one of their daughters fled their home and alerted authorities.

A home where 13 siblings were allegedly held captive and abused is now up for grabs.

The Perris, California house that used to belong to David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin is up for sale as of Saturday, with prospective buyers bidding to live in the home that allegedly used to be full of shackled children.

Bidding for the home was up to $275,001 by Monday morning on hudsonandmarshall.com. People can continue to bid for the 2,386-square-foot home until Jan. 2. The auction is being held by an unnamed lender after the Turpins’ home foreclosed last month, The Press-Enterprise reports.

The foreclosure came almost a year after the couple’s arrest following shocking allegations of abuse that made national headlines.

In January, the couple’s 17-year-old daughter escaped to the home to report the alleged abuse that she and her 12 siblings had been enduring. Police said they found her siblings, who range in age from 2 to 29, bound to their beds with chains and padlocks. Because of the alleged malnourishment they all suffered, police initially thought all victims were children and they thought the 17-year-old was just 10, according to a police press release.

The authorities described the home as dark and “foul-smelling.”

The parents are scheduled to face trial in September 2019. Overall, they face 88 torture, child cruelty and false imprisonment felony charges. In January, the couple pleaded not guilty to more than 40 charges, including child abuse, abuse of a dependent adult, torture and false imprisonment. In addition, David pleaded not guilty to one count of lewd conduct with a minor.

Multiple photographs on social media revealed that the family was often dressed up in identical outfits, including at the parent’s wedding vow renewal in Las Vegas.

[Photo: Riverside County Sheriff's Department]

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