Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin described a house of horrors in which David Turpin, 57, and Louise Turpin, 49, raised their children amid filth, chained to furniture and taunted with food they desperately needed but were relentlessly denied.
After hearing about the children's alleged torture at home, Robinette broke down in tears. David Turpin was also charged with one count of lewd conduct with a child under 14 years of age.
The children, who are aged between two and 29, have been treated in hospital since being freed on Monday.
Rodriguez was a longtime Riverside County prosecutor who sent Jessica Banks, a pastor and mother, to prison for life for beating, starving and drugging her five adopted daughters, who were kept locked in her garage.
The children were fed on a schedule but only the 2-year-old appeared to get enough food, Hestrin said. Over time, the periods in which the siblings were confined grew longer, and they allegedly would not be released to use the bathroom. If they were found to have washed their hands above the wrist, they were accused of playing in the water and then were chained, Hestin said. She allegedly planned the escape for more than two years. He said another sibling escaped with her, but that sibling became afraid and returned to the house.
The oldest child, a 29-year-old woman, weighed only 37 kilograms and a 12-year-old was the weight of a typical seven-year-old, Hestrin said.
Years ago, they would tie up their children with ropes and at least one of the children had been hogtied but after that child escaped from the ropes, they started to use chains and padlocks, Hestrin said.
The charges date to 2010, when the couple moved to Riverside County from outside Fort Worth, Texas, where the abuse began, Hestrin said. Instead, they were taught at home, Hestrin said, but were forced to sleep all day and stay up at night, typically going to sleep at 4 or 5 a.m.
Police said she dialed 911 on a deactivated cellphone near the house, which is about 80 miles outside Los Angeles. None had ever been to a dentist.
"They would buy food including pies: apple pies, pumpkin pies, leave it on the counter". In the 2016-17 school year, it had an enrollment of six - all his children.
Hestrin added, "The only thing the children were allowed to do in their room or chained up was to write in journals, we now have recovered those journals - hundreds of them". The district attorney characterized the siblings as relieved but would not elaborate.
"Supposedly home schooled, the children lacked even.they lack a basic knowledge of life". A public defender will represent David Turpin, and, due to a conflict of interest for the public defender's office, another lawyer has been appointed to represent Louise Turpin. "They were "sweetie" this and "sweetie" that to each other". Betty Turpin said her son told her he had so many kids because God wanted him to. "But it can be done", she said.
"To me, that is a sign she has something inside of her that is really healthy", she said. "Over the years, the Lord knows what happened". All GoFundMe campaigns that claim they benefit the siblings are fake, CPS said. They weren't skinny or nothing.
"I want them to know they do have family that they love, whether they know us or not".
Prosecutors laid out horrifying details of the allegations but didn't offer any theories about the motivation for what they called an escalating climate of brutality that began in Texas and ended in a small, close-knit desert town a couple of hours southeast of Los Angeles.