A Southern California couple accused of killing, leaning and starving on their 13 children as prisoners in the family’s home, did not blame for accusations of torture, false imprisonment and abuse on Friday.
David and Louise Tarpin, who was signed in the Riverside County Superior Court, can face life in prison if they are guilty on all counts.
Sheriff’s Deputies raided the house of Perkins in Peris, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles, after a prisoner’s brother in January, a 17-year-old girl escaped from the window of the residence and called the officers. Deputies found the girl’s 12 brothers and sisters – at the age of 2 to 29 years – caught in a dark, odorless odor, some of them were tied on beds.
Siblings, suffering from malnutrition, wasting muscles, stimulated development and other symptoms of serious abuse were found to be suffering from them, they were taken into protective custody and parents were arrested.
Prosecutors said that the victims were deprived of proper nutrition, basic sanitation, and medical care, and was punished harshly for alleged obstructions in the form of wasting their hands over the wrist and wasting water. On this couple also, their children found and taunted the other food that they were forbidden to eat.
Defense lawyers have never offered explanations to the authorities for the alleged circumstances.
Parents, James and Betty Turin of West Virginia’s David Turnpin have said in a media interview that their son and daughter-in-law were a deeply religious couple who made their children home and needed to remember the Bible’s sacred script.
The defendant was in charge of 12 cases of torture, 12 count of false imprisonment, seven-count of misuse of a dependent adult and eight cases of child abuse. 50-year-old Louise Tarpin has to face the attack.
David Turpin, 56, who worked as an engineer for aeronautics and defense contractors Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, was also a count of one of the disputed acts on a child, as well as eight cases of false testimony on his claims It was alleged that he was running a private school with his children as students.
County Prosecutor’s spokesman John Hall said that the couple did not plead guilty for all charges and denied all charges on Friday.
Judge Bernard Schwartz refused to offer a defense proposal to try to make a false count in addition to other charges.
Hall said that the date of the next court will be October 5 for a trial-preparation conference.