tartan doc martens Neighbor says Turpin children seemed ‘terrified’ when she tried to talk to them
But Milligan never saw children scampering in the backyard, never heard playful screams.A few times, Milligan saw a woman across the street with an infant cradled in her arms. She occasionally noticed three other children, who looked like they were 14 years old or younger.Milligan and her neighbors in the quiet, nondescript suburban Perris neighborhood said they were shocked to learn that David Allen Turpin, 56, and his wife, Louise Anna Turpin, 49, are accused of holding their 13 children captive.”I’m devastated. It’s so close to home literally,” Milligan told CNN Tuesday.Early Sunday, the Turpins’ 17 year old daughter climbed out of the house through a window and called 911 from a deactivated cell phone she found in the home, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.Sheriff’s deputies went to the home on Sunday and found the 12 victims who “appeared malnourished and very dirty.” Several children were shackled to their beds “in dark and foul smelling surroundings,” the sheriff’s department said. The victims range in age from 2 to 29.The suspects are being held in the Robert Presley Detention Center, each on $9 million bail, the sheriff’s department said Monday. The couple is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, according to online records.One neighbor told CNN affiliate KABC that she saw the parents being arrested early Sunday. The children were taken from the home in their pajamas, she said.”They were very, very pale skinned, almost like they’ve never seen the sun,” said the neighbor, who did not wish to be identified.”And it was mostly girls . kind of small framed,” the neighbor said.Jennifer Luna, another neighbor, shook her head in astonishment.”It’s so sad, so horrible,” Luna told CNN affiliate KCAL/KCBS. “I can’t believe this. I can’t believe this.”The adult children are being treated at Corona Regional Medical Center in Corona, and the six minor children are at Riverside University Health System Medical Center in Moreno Valley.’They froze’Milligan was surprised to learn that the three children she believed to be adolescents were actually adults.”I thought they were like 12, because they looked so malnourished, so pale,” Milligan told KCAL/KCBS.One encounter with them stood out to her in particular.She and her son had finished putting up their Christmas decorations, when they noticed the three children across the street putting up a Nativity scene in front of their house. The Milligans walked over to compliment the children on the decorations.