Cadaver dogs ‘to be sent in to look for bodies at House of Horrors where 13 kids were held captive’

Turpin family: Police may bring in dogs to search for bodies in house where children ‘tortured’ by parents, reports say

Thirteen children and adults were rescued from the house in California earlier this week

Detectives investigating the case of the 13 siblings found locked up in a house in California, may “send cadaver dogs” to see if there was anyone else in the house who may have died, reports have suggested.

Police investigating the California house of horrors are considering using cadaver dogs to search for the remains of more victims, according to reports.

Sources familiar with the probe told news show Crime Watch Daily that Riverside County Sheriff’s homicide detectives want to know if it is possible that there may have been other children at the property.

Officers also want to perform DNA tests on the seven adults and six children rescued to determine if all of the victims are related.

David Allen Turpin, 57, and his wife, Louise Anna Turpin, 49, pleaded not guilty in court earlier this week.

The pair are charged with imprisoning and torturing their 13 children, allowing them one rationed meal a day and a shower just twice a year.

Both David Turpin and Louise Turpin pleaded not guilty to all charges brought against them.

Authorities in Perris, California, where the couple lived, have told how the children were scarcely fed and were dirty, living in a urine-soaked bedroom before they were found.

Several neighbours in both California and Texas, where the family lived until 2010, have come forward to say they found the Disney-obsessed couple “odd” and almost “cult-like”.

But child protection services in Perris said they were never once alerted to the home nor did they receive complaints about the Turpins.

“Not one person called us, how sad,” Mary Parks, senior public information specialist for the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services said.

All of the children – who range in age from two to 29-years-old – have been admitted to hospitals for treatment for severe malnutrition.

Psychologists are to be brought in to evaluate them when their physical conditions improve.

The Turpins, who are being held on $9 million (£6.45 million) bail, had little contact with their family in West Virginia, and shocked relatives have said they had no idea what the couple was allegedly doing.

“They were just like any ordinary family,” said Betty Turpin, the 81-year-old mother of David Turpin.

Mrs Turpin said her son told her he had so many kids because God wanted him to, and that he shared her Pentecostal Christian faith but was not affiliated with a church in California.

“I feel they were model Christians,” she added.

“It’s hard to believe all of this. Over the years, the Lord knows what happened.”

The children were rescued after one of the children – a 17-year-old girl said by police to look more like a someone aged 10 – managed to escape and alert authorities.

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