Recently The Goldwater reported on a horrific case of <a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/16193-12-Starving-Kids-Found-Chained-To-Beds-In-California">child abuse</a> committed by a California couple who kept their 13 children chained to their beds. The children were found chained to beds in terrible and foul-smelling conditions and had been starved for most of their lives.
Now, a neighbor has come forward to describe witnessing children marching at odd hours of the night in unison on the families second story. Mike lives across the street from David and Louise Turpin in Murrieta, California and he says the family "would march back and forth on the second story at night. The light would be on the whole the time and they would be marching the kids back and forth."
Mike chose not to reveal his last name but told the Post that he would witness the bizarre occurrences between midnight and 3 a.m. "I thought they were like a cult," Mike said. He also said his wife referred to the children as clones because they "spoke robotically, in a monotone and at the same time."
The family moved from Murrieta to the nearby town of Perris in 2014 which is where the police arrested them after one of the children escaped and called 911. Investigators say they found a total of 13 children ranging in age from two to 29-years-old. When police initially met with the child who escaped and called 911, they said the girl was so tiny they thought she was 10-years-old instead of her actual age of 17.
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<span style="margin-top:15px;rgba(42,51,6,0.7);font-size:12px;">Credit: Riverside County Sheriff's Department</span>
Investigators say there is no evidence so far of sexual abuse but they are still investigating. The neighbors reported that they never called 911 or child welfare officials because they never saw anything that would have prompted them to call the police.
Another neighbor, Kimberly Milligan of Perris told the Associated Press that they were told by the housing developers the family had at least a dozen kids although she never saw that many. "I got an impression, that, you know, 'You stay in your lane, I'll stay in my lane," Milligan said. "It was never, 'Hi.' Never a wave. Nothing."
Both Louise Turpin, 49, and David Turpin, 57, were jailed on $9 million bails and are scheduled to make an initial court appearance on Thursday. They face charges of torture and child endangerment.
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