On Sunday, a 17-year-old girl escaped from the residence and called 911 from a cellphone she managed to find in the house before fleeing to report her 12 brothers and sisters were being held by their parents and were bound by chains and padlocks.
"The victims looked malnourished and they were very dirty", the sheriff's office said. The couple was taken to the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside. It is unclear if they have attorneys in this matter, and they could not be reached for comment as of press time.
Records show that during the 2016-2017 school year, approximately 12 individuals enrolled, but they haven't been seen by anyone. According to the website, the status of the school is "active".
Meanwhile, neighbours have said that the residents of the area had no idea that that child even lived there and said they were horrified to know what was going on in the house.
"I thought the kids were home-schooled", she told the Times.
Representatives for the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Riverside County Fire Department would not immediately say whether the Turpins' home was ever inspected.
Mr Uffer says they are small and clearly malnourished but were stable and very friendly. Kimberly Milligan, 50, who lives across the street from the family, said she asked herself, according to Reuters. "You would think you would have heard them", she said. "I can't believe this".
Social media photos show the family at Disneyland and Las Vegas. Ivan Trahan, their bankruptcy lawyer told the New York Times they had 12 children then.
Parents Arrested After Their 13 Children Are Found Shackled, Malnourished
David Turpin, 57, is listed as the school's principal. They are due to appear in court on Thursday.
"They seemed to enjoy each other". "Like they had never seen people before". She described the couple as "just very normal". She said they "froze [as] if by doing so they could become invisible".
James and Betty Turpin said they were "surprised and shocked" by the allegations their son and daughter-in-law now face, the news station reported.
The California parents accused of starving and torturing 13 siblings believed "God called on them" to have so many children, relatives said.
The Californian torturing couple was brought on charged of child endangerment and torture and are being held on a $9 million bond.
"It was easier to keep up with the kids" that way, she said.
Elizabeth Flores, of Cleveland, Tennessee, and her family.