THIS is why you have to pay attention to the people around you. A 17-year-old girl was able to break free and call police to report her parents were holding her 12 siblings captive!
Two parents have been arrested after police discovered 13 emaciated siblings bound with chains and padlocks inside a house in California.
Early on Sunday morning, a 17-year-old girl managed to escape from an address in Muir Woods Road, Perris, Riverside County Sheriff's Department said.
After managing to call 911 from a mobile phone, the teenager told officers her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive inside the house by her parents.
After a brief interview with the teen, who police said looked 10-years-old, officers contacted 57-year old David Allen Turpin and 49-year old Louise Anna Turpin.
The 13 victims were aged from two to 29, police said
"Further investigation revealed several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings, but the parents were unable to immediately provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that manner," a police statement read.
Deputies found 12 people inside the house, seven of whom were adults ranging in age from 18 to 29.
"The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty," the statement continued.
"All 13 victims, ranging from the age of two to 29, were transported to the Perris Station and interviewed.
"Both parents were detained and transported to the station for further investigation.
"Child Protective Services (CPS) and Adult Protective Services (APS) arrived to assist in the investigation."
The victims were provided with food and drink after claiming to be starving, a police spokesman said.
"The six children were eventually transported to the Riverside University Hospital System (RUHS) for medical examinations and admitted for treatment.
"The seven adult children were transported to Corona Regional Medical Center for an examination and admitted for medical treatment. "Both parents were interviewed in this matter and subsequently transported to the Robert Presley Detention Center (RPDC).
"They were booked for violations of California Penal Code Section 206–Torture and Section 273a(A)–Child Endangerment. Bail was set at $9,000,000.00 each."