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  • Experts: Shackled children face long road to recovery

    AMY TAXIN and JOHN ROGERS|Jan 19, 2018

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — They are safe for now and, according to authorities, they are relieved. But the 13 children, aged 2 to 29, rescued from what was described as nothing less than a torture chamber will have years of therapy ahead, experts say, as they learn to live in a world that, until a week ago, they never really knew. Since arresting David and Louise Turpin earlier this week, authorities said they have learned the children were confined to the house, chained to furniture, starved and often deprived the use of a toilet. Some of the c...

  • California couple's ordinary home held torture chamber

    AMY TAXIN and JOHN ROGERS|Jan 17, 2018

    PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — From the outside, the brown-and-beige four-bedroom home looked fairly orderly. The couple who owned it had purchased the house new in 2014 and soon arrived in the Los Angeles suburb of Perris with their 12 children. They lived there quietly for at least three years and had another baby. Then on Sunday, one of the children jumped out of a window, called 911 and led authorities to what they described as a torture chamber. Sheriff's deputies said they found the couple's 13 children ranging in age from 2 to 29 years old, s...