David and Louise Turpin are expected to appear in court on Thursday. They are facing numerous charges after their 13 children were found allegedly being held captive in their home, all were malnourished and some were shackled to furniture.
Their parents are behind bars on $9 million bail. The shocking discovery was made in Perris, California, about an hour south of Los Angeles.
However, the story has a Las Vegas tie.
The Turpins got their vows renewed three times at the Elvis Chapel in Las Vegas. They are seen smiling and laughing in wedding photos and videos with their family.
Kent Ripley, the Elvis impersonator, told 8 News NOW Monday night that he didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary with the family.
The Turpins were arrested after their 17-year-old daughter was able to escape through a window and call police.
The children range in age from 2 to 29 but neighbors say most of them appeared younger and they also rarely saw them outside.
State records show the siblings were homeschooled. The father was listed as principal of a day school at the same address.
They were all found malnourished, dirty and in horrific conditions, but a doctor said today that they’re doing better.
“They’ve gone through traumatic ideal. They are friendly. They are cooperative and they’re hopeful life will get better for them after this event.”
The sheriff’s department says deputies had never been called to the home previously.