How can parents torture their children?

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Parents have the right to educate their own children; they don't have the right not to educate their children or to use home-schooling as a cover for abuse and neglect.

A Riverside County judge today issued a protective order barring a Perris couple from having any further contact with the 13 children they're accused of mistreating, torturing majority by keeping them chained, dirty and malnourished for years. The litany of physical and emotional abuse was enough to invoke a house of horrors that apparently went unnoticed for years in California and Texas until Sunday, when a 17-year-old girl managed to escape and call 911.

Hestrin says none of the victims were allowed to shower a few times a year. Another girl who escaped out a window with the teen turned back out of fear.

The aunt of the 13 children held hostage in their parents California home for almost two decades is coming forward with information about David and Louise Turpin.

"Their brains are still adapting, they're still forming, they're still developing their understanding of the world", Costales said of the younger Turpin children.

According to CBS, their 29-year-old sibling weighed just 82 pounds, and a 12 year old weighed as much as an average 7 year old.

"The 17-year-old victim that escaped had been working on a plan with the siblings to escape this abuse for more than two years", he added.

Meanwhile, photos have surfaced of Louise Turpin when she was pregnant with her 13th child at age 47. The victims range in age from 2 to 29.

Dressed all in black with their hands and legs shackled, the pair appeared calm as they submitted not-guilty pleas to 12 counts of torture, 12 of false imprisonment, six of child abuse and six of abuse of a dependent adult, before a packed courtroom. All the children's names begin with the letter J, according to court documents that didn't provide their full names. The parents were jailed on $12 million bail each after pleading not guilty Thursday at their first court appearance.

They could face decades in prison if they're convicted.

State records show the residence was designated Sandcastle Day School, with David Turpin listed as the principal.

David Turpin's attorney, David Macher, said outside the courtroom that "our clients are presumed to be innocent - and that's a very important presumption", adding that the case will be tried in court, not in the media.

James Turpin of Princeton, West Virginia, told The Associated Press he's going to talk to his son's children to "find out the real story" as soon as he can get a call through to them.

David Turpin left his engineering job at Lockheed Martin Corp.in 2010, a company spokeswoman told Reuters. Louise Turpin identified herself as a housewife in a 2011 bankruptcy filing. When one child was able to wriggle free, the couple began restraining them with chains and padlocks - for up to months at a time, Hestrin said. When not restrained, the children were locked in different rooms and fed little on a schedule.

- CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) January 18, 2018Other punishments including beatings, strangulation. Their parents would also buy them new toys but never let them take the toys out of the box. Human waste in the house indicated the children were prevented from using the toilet. "I want to reach out to the kids, I want them to know that for years we begged to Skype them, we begged to see them..."

Images of the two 1-year-old pups were posted by authorities, showing them wearing dog sweaters. "They were "sweetie" this and "sweetie" that to each other".

Also, Bailey said, it was probably no accident that the Turpins allegedly starved their children.

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