California couple who kept their children in a real ‘House of Horrors’ now face total of 50 charges including eight new counts of perjury
David and Louise Turpin allegedly abused 12 of their 13 children for years were initially charged with 42 counts of neglect, abuse and child endangerment
They now face 50 charges, including new counts of perjury, court heard Friday
Turpins have both pled not guilty to more than 40 charges that include torture, false imprisonment, child abuse, and abuse of a dependent adult
Prosecutors have accused the couple of starving, choking and beating their children, aged between two and 29
Keeping many of them chained to their beds and keeping them locked in their rooms
David and Louise Turpin both both face up to life in jail, if convicted
Facing the music: David and Louise Turpin were hit with 8 additional charges on Friday
House of Horrors couple David and Louise Turpin, accused of abusing 12 of their 13 children for years, are now facing a total of 50 charges, including eight new counts of perjury, a court heard Friday.
The Turpins, from Perris, California, are charged with 12 counts of torture and false imprisonment, nine counts of child abuse and seven counts of cruelty to a dependent adult.
Mr Turpin faces one count of lewd acts on a child under 14, and Mrs Turpin faces one charge of felony assault. The couple has pleaded not guilty to all these charges, totalling 42 accusations.
House of Horror couple, David and Louise Turpin are both seen smiling during their court hearing as prosecutors filed eight new charges of perjury against David Turpin on Friday
Turpin and their children who have all been released from their parent’s custody
Riverside District Attorney filed eight new charges of perjury against Mr Turpin Friday. The couple has yet to enter a plea over the new accusations.
A spokesman for the DA said the charges related to eight private school affidavits Mr Turpin filed with the state Department of Education when he set up his two home schools.
Louise Turpin and David Turpin, plead NOT GUILTY to abusing their 13 children! Starved siblings plotted for 2 years their escape from squalid ‘Horror house’, forced to stay awake all night, bath only twice a year, no doctor’s visits
Mr Turpin first registered City Day School at their family home in Murrieta, then later registered Sandcastle Day School in 2011, at their new family home in Perris, allegedly to teach his children aged between six and 18.
The alleged child abuser listed one full-time teacher and one administrator on the school forms, and declared that the schools were not tax-exempt.
In the forms, Turpin also declared that he would keep attendance and qualification records, as required by the state’s Education Code.
Attorney David J. Macher previously told The Orange County Register he understood the new charges were eight counts of perjury, though he could not confirm the details that gave rise to the new accusations.
‘Abusive dad’ David Turpin confers with his attorney David Macher in court on Friday
A grim looking Louise Turpin looks on in court, May 4 when the DA piled 8 new perjury charges on top of the initial 42 abuse related charges
Mr Turpin appeared in court wearing a turquoise button-down and cream chequered tie. His wife sat next to him, dressed in the same black suit that she appeared in for previous court hearings
Riverside prosecution attorney Kevin Beecham told Judge Emma Smith that the attorneys for the defense have not yet responded with pleas to the new charges.
The Turpins have both pleaded not guilty to more than 40 charges, including torture, false imprisonment, child abuse, and abuse of a dependent adult.
The couple is accused of starving, choking and beating their kids. The 13 children had never seen a dentist and the last doctor’s visit was four years prior. Ranging in age 2-29, all were malnourished and underdeveloped, when they were rescued
The couple is accused of starving, choking and beating their children, aged between two and 29, and keeping many of them chained to their beds and keeping them locked in their rooms. They also reportedly only let them shower once a year.
David Turpin additionally has pled not guilty to a lone count of lewd conduct with a minor.
Husband and wife both face up to life in jail, if convicted on the charges.