California court hears tales of shackled, starved children

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A judge deciding whether a California couple should face trial on charges of child abuse has heard a chilling 911 call from a teenage daughter and viewed photographs of the girl’s two sisters shackled to beds.

Horrific testimony of starvation, squalor and bizarre punishment were presented Wednesday at a preliminary hearing to determine if David and Louise Turpin will stand trial.

The couple has pleaded not guilty to charges that could carry a life sentence. The hearing continues Thursday.

The Turpins’ 17-year-old daughter called 911 in January after escaping from the Perris home southeast of Los Angeles.

Investigators said some of the 13 children had stunted growth and wasted muscles and described being beaten, starved and even put in cages.

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