California parents, with WV ties, sentenced to life in prison after neglecting children

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Two California parents were sentenced to life in prison after the mistreatment of more than a dozen of their children.

David and Louise Turpin pleaded guilty in February to neglect and abuse.

Authorities discovered the couple had shackled their children to bed and did not feed them. In addition, the home was in poor conditions and smelled of human waste.

The children said they were threatened if they did not follow their parent’s orders. The 13 children rarely left the house.

David Turpin grew up in Green Valley, a community in Mercer County. His parents live near Princeton.

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