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Offbeat Perjury charges filed against the father of 13 siblings found living captive in Perris

03:07  05 may  2018
03:07  05 may  2018 Source:   latimes.com

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LOS ANGELES - Prosecutors filed felony perjury charges Friday against the father of 13 children found living captive in Perris , Calif. Prosecutors say the Turpins inflicted severe abuse and torture on the siblings , who range in age from 2 to 29. The parents allegedly punished their children by

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Defendant David Turpin confers with his defense attorney, David Macher, during a court appearance with his, wife Louise Turpin, at the Riverside Hall of Justice on Friday, May 4, 2018, in Riverside, Calif. David Turpin was charged with an additional eight counts of perjury on Friday; the couple already face charges of torturing their 13 children. © Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times/TNS Defendant David Turpin confers with his defense attorney, David Macher, during a court appearance with his, wife Louise Turpin, at the Riverside Hall of Justice on Friday, May 4, 2018, in Riverside, Calif. David Turpin was charged with an additional eight counts of perjury on Friday; the couple already face charges of torturing their 13 children.

LOS ANGELES - Prosecutors filed felony perjury charges Friday against the father of 13 children found living captive in Perris, Calif.

David Turpin and his wife, Louise Turpin, were arrested in January after their 17-year-old daughter escaped their Perris home and called police using a deactivated cellphone.

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Defendant Louise Turpin confers with a defense investigator during a court appearance with her husband, David Turpin, at the Riverside Hall of Justice on Friday, May 4, 2018, in Riverside, Calif. David Turpin was charged with an additional eight counts of perjury on Friday; the couple already face charges of torturing their 13 children. © Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times/TNS Defendant Louise Turpin confers with a defense investigator during a court appearance with her husband, David Turpin, at the Riverside Hall of Justice on Friday, May 4, 2018, in Riverside, Calif. David Turpin was charged with an additional eight counts of perjury on Friday; the couple already face charges of torturing their 13 children.

That month, Riverside County prosecutors filed dozens of charges against both parents related to the alleged abuse, captivity and torture of the children. In February, prosecutors filed three additional charges of child abuse against the couple, and Louise Turpin was charged with felony assault in relation to an incident involving one of her daughters.

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LOS ANGELES - Prosecutors filed felony perjury charges Friday against the father of 13 children found living captive in Perris , Calif. David Turpin and his wife, Louise Turpin, were arrested in January after their

If they misbehaved, the 13 siblings living in a Southern California home would be tied to their beds as punishment The couple, initially arrested on charges of torture and child endangerment, could face up to life in prison if found guilty. The siblings rarely left their Perris house and did not go to school.

The perjury charges filed Friday relate to affidavits David Turpin signed related to the homeschooling of the children, said John Hall, a spokesman for the district attorney's office.

Prosecutors say the Turpins inflicted severe abuse and torture on the siblings, who range in age from 2 to 29. The parents allegedly punished their children by beating and choking them, tying them to beds for weeks or months at a time, depriving them of food and forcing them to stay up all night and sleep during the day.

The couple has pleaded not guilty to the initial charges. Pleas on the new charges will likely be entered when the couple appears in court later this month, attorneys said.

They are expected back in court on May 18.

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