Hearing set for California parents accused of shackling kids

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors are expected to make their case against a Southern California couple accused of starving and shackling some of their 13 children.

David and Louise Turpin are scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday in Riverside County Superior Court.

A judge is set to hear testimony from law enforcement officers and consider whether there is sufficient evidence for the Turpins to stand trial.

The couple has pleaded not guilty to child abuse, torture and other charges in a case that drew international attention after their 17-year-old daughter escaped the family’s Perris, California, home in January and called 911.

Neighbors said they rarely saw the couple’s children, who range in age from 2 to 29. Authorities said the abuse was so long-running the children’s growth was stunted.

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