13 siblings held captive, some 'shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks': Officials

Both parents were arrested after authorities said one sibling got a cellphone, escaped and called 911.
2:01 | 01/15/18

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Transcript for 13 siblings held captive, some 'shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks': Officials
We're going to turn now to a disturbing story that broke late today, the chilling discovery inside a family home in southern California. A mother and father accused of holding their 13 children captive. Investigators say many allegedly shackled to their beds. One of their daughters escaping the house, calling 911, and police now revealing what they found when they arrived. ABC's Matt Gutman in California. Reporter: The scene police describe tonight is unimaginable. Those 13 siblings held in dung on-like conditions, according to a police statement, amidst their own filth. They said they were starving. Police made the grim discovery Sunday. Saying one of the children escaped. She grabbed a cell phone she found inside, they said, ran outside and dialed 911. They say parents David and Louise turpin were holding the 12 remaining children "Shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks." But perhaps most shocking, seven of the children they discovered inside were actually adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29. They were apparently kept on this quiet middle class street, the couple recently renewing their vows with their 13 boys and girls arrayed in identical outfits and haircuts. Tonight, both parents are under arrest for multiple counts of child abuse. Each of them held on a $9 million bail. And Matt Gutman with us live tonight. Police thought, Matt that the daughter who escaped, she's actually 17, they thought she was younger because of malnourished she is? Reporter: That's right, David. So disturbing. When officers first encountered that young girl, they mistook her for a 10-year-old. She was actually 17. Now, investigators tell us they believe that many of these children had been abused for decades. Now, all 13 of them are in child and adult protective care. David? Just unbelievable. Matt Gutman, thank you.

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