David and Louise Turpin have been charged with torturing their 13 children. According to Crime Watch Daily, authorities may be searching the family's so-called "House of Horrors" in Califoria with cadaver dogs to see if there are more victims. The couple has pleaded not guilty.
Sources tell the site that Riverside County Sheriff's Homicide Detectives are wondering if the couple had other children. They are currently also discussing to run DNA tests on the 13 children to determine if all are related. The Sheriff's Department itself did not confirm this information to Crime Watch Daily. Fox News also tried to get confirmation on this story but did not receive a response.
David Turpin, 56, and Louise Turpin, 49, were charged with multiple felony counts of torture, child abuse, abuse of dependent adults and false imprisonment after their daughter broke free and went to authorities. The father was also charged with one count of a lewd act on a child by force.
More details are emerging about the family and their household. As previously reported, neighbors of the Turpins in Texas remember the family as reclusive and strange. They rarely interacted with others and kept a filthy property that included dead dogs and dirty diapers. "When they moved in, they were really mysterious people. They didn't talk to us or socialize," shared their neighbor, Ricky Vinyard, of the family when they lived some 50 miles outside of Fort Worth. He shared that they the family members rarely left the four-bedroom home. The lights were always on and the blinds drawn. "As time went on, it got worse and worse," said Vinyard. Apparently, the father was spotted in the driveway shooting cans with his pistol.
Extended family members are also speaking out. Louise Turpin's sister says that she was sexually abused as a child. That man, who has not been identified, was allegedly a family member and sexually abused multiple family members. "He abused my mother and sexually abused my mother, and then me, Louise, Elizabeth, and a few of our cousins in the family. That was a situation that was ongoing for me and my sister," she said.
The couple has pleaded not guilty to charges they kept their children captive. If convicted, they face up to 94 years to life in prison.
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