Parents in California torture case ordered to stand trial: prosecutors

FILE PHOTO: A combination photo shows David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin (R) making a court appearance in Riverside, California, U.S., May 4, 2018. Frederick M. Brown/Pool via REUTERS

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A judge on Thursday ordered a married couple to stand trial on charges of torture, false imprisonment and abuse for their treatment of 13 siblings who were found imprisoned and starving in their suburban California home, prosecutors said.

David and Louise Turpin were bound over for trial after a two-day hearing in Riverside County Superior Court in which the court heard the tape of a 911 call by a 17-year-old girl who climbed out a window and dialed police on a borrowed cell phone, said John Hall of the Riverside County District Attorney's Office.

Officers who went to the Turpins’ home in Perris, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles found 12 siblings ranging in age from two to 29 inside, suffering from malnourishment, muscle wasting and other signs of severe abuse.

David and Louise Turpin were both taken into custody and charged with multiple counts of torture and false imprisonment, child abuse and cruelty to a dependant adult.

They could face up to life in prison if convicted at trial.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; editing by Diane Craft)

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