Turpin family: Watch the incredible moment 13 children are rescued from California home

This is the amazing moment 13 children were rescued from a home in California where they were allegedly chained to their beds by their parents.

CCTV footage filmed from a neighbour’s house across the street shows David and Louise Turpin’s children being taken to safety by police.

They are brought into a police van, an hour after their parents were led away from the property in the city of Perris in handcuffs.

The couple are accused of torturing their children (Picture: Getty)

The children were rescued after years of alleged abuse when one of the couple’s daughters, aged 17, managed to climb through a window of the house and call 911.


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David Allen Turpin, 57, and his wife Louise Anna Turpin, 49, have pleaded not guilty to numerous charges of torture, false imprisonment and child abuse.

They are being held on bail of $12 million (£8.6 million) each.

Police said when they entered the family home, they found some of the children shackled with chains and padlocks.

David Allen Turpin and his wife have pleaded not guilty to a series of charges (Picture: Getty)
Louise Anna Turpin in court last week (Picture: Getty)

Officers said the home was in a filthy state and foul-smelling.

District Attorney Mike Hestrin said the 17-year-old girl who managed to get free had been working on an escape plan for more than two years.

Police outside the Turpin family home in Perris, California (Picture: Getty)

She took one of her siblings with her, but they became frightened and turned back to the house.

When officers met the 17-year-old, she looked so malnourished they thought she was about ten.