Couple Jailed for Allegedly Torturing Their Children
Two people are under arrest east of Los Angeles after police were shocked and sickened to find 12 of their children allegedly held captive in their home in filthy conditions.
The couple, David and Louise Turpin, are being held on $9 million bail while police investigate charges of torture and child endangerment.
Police were alerted to the situation in the house in Perris, California, by a 17 year-old girl who escaped and called them on a cell phone.
The officers say she was so malnourished, that she looked like a 10 year-old child instead of 17.
They found a house full of what they thought were 12 children, when some were actually adults between 18 and 29 years old.
Police say the youngest victim was two and some of the children were shackled to beds with chains and padlocks.
Officers describe the house as dark and foul-smelling. The victims were dirty and appeared to be starving.
Authorities say the couple ran a day school out of their home and were beset with financial problems in recent years.
A police statement said the parents did not give any logical reason why their children were being held in such appalling conditions.
South Africa Summons US Diplomat to Explain Trump's Reported Vulgar Remarks
South Africa is the latest country to call in an American diplomat to explain U.S. President Donald Trump's reported vulgar remarks about African, Haitian and El Salvadoran immigrants to the United States.
Trump stunned lawmakers in a recent White House meeting on immigration when, according to multiple reports, he asked, "Why are we having all these people from s---hole countries come here?"
Trump reportedly said the U.S. should allow in more people from places such as Norway. Norway's population is predominantly white. The populations of the African countries and Haiti are mostly black, while the population of El Salvador is mostly brown.
Statements from international and domestic organizations are expressing concern that the U.S. and its president are going down a racist path. Trump has denied he is a racist and insists he didn't make the remarks.
South Africa's Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) was scheduled to talk Monday with the second in command at the U.S. embassy in Pretoria about Trump's statement.
The South African statement added: "Relations between South Africa and the United States, and between the rest of Africa and the United States, must be based on mutual respect and understanding."
South Africa is a close ally of the United States and the third-largest economy in Africa.