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God called on them to keep having children’: Reclusive Christian parents who kept their 13 starved children in shackles forced them to recite the bible and only let them out on Disney and Vegas trips

The 13 brothers and sisters were all desperately malnourished and pleaded with officers for food and water after they were freed from their home in Perris, California on Sunday. Police said the victims were so emaciated they were shocked to discover that while all looked like children, they actually ranged from two to 29 years of age. Seven of them are over the age of 18 and six of them are children. They were only freed after their sister – who police initially thought was just 10 – broke out of the home, grabbed a cell phone and called 911. Police arrested their parents David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, and charged them with torture and child endangerment. The shocking allegations provide a stark contrast to the life shown on David and Louise’s joint Facebook page. They appear to have had marriage-renewal ceremonies in Las Vegas by an Elvis impersonator at least three times in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

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