ABC News reports:
David and Louise Turpin, who are accused of starving, beating and inflicting other abuse on 12 of their 13 children at their Perris home, pleaded guilty to multiple charges in the case as part of a plea deal.
The two appeared in court on Friday and each pleaded guilty to 14 counts in connection to the abuse case — including torture, false imprisonment, adult dependent abuse and child endangerment.
Louise Turpin, 49, shed tears as she pleaded guilty while her husband, 56, was more stoic. The two face 25 years to life in prison, and they will be eligible for a parole hearing after 25 years under California’s elder parole law, due to the couple’s age.
The New York Daily News reports:
David Turpin, 57, also was charged with perjury and one count of a lewd act on a child under the age of 14. Those charges — and the others not covered by the deal — are expected to be dismissed at a sentencing hearing set for April 19.
Investigators testified in June that the children said they were starved, chained to beds, locked in cages, choked, tossed down stairs, beaten with switches and neglected to the point they had no formal schooling and bathed only about once a year.
From my initial report on the case:
State records show the children were home schooled. The private school the kids attended, Sandcastle Day School, had the same address as the family home and the six attendees were all their children. James and Betty Turpin admitted the children were given “very strict home schooling,” and they were required to memorize long passages of the Bible.
NEW: David and Louise Turpin, California parents accused of torturing and holding captive most of their 13 children, plead guilty to 14 felony counts against them, prosecutors say. https://t.co/Hk0Couq9Gz pic.twitter.com/Mk8Wy52Pon
— ABC News (@ABC) February 22, 2019
David and Louise Turpin, a couple accused of torturing, starving and keeping their 13 children captive in their Perris home, have pleaded guilty to 14 felony counts, including one count of torture. https://t.co/ACMb80XF2P
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) February 22, 2019
Turpin Parents Plead Guilty To Torturing, Starving, Beating Their 13-Year-Old Children. David and Louise Turpin will spend life in prison with no possibility of parole. #Crime #CrimeStory https://t.co/Ylky4kv3aC
— INQUISITR (@theinquisitr) February 22, 2019