House of horrors discovered in California

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Louise Turpin and David Turpin (Image: Handout from Riverside County Sheriffs Department)

Riverside, California Police arrested a couple on Monday after 13 of their children were found being held captive in their home. One of the siblings, a seventeen-year-old girl, escaped the deplorable conditions and called 911 from a cell phone in the house.

According to authorities, the victims ranged from two to 31 years old; however, they were so malnourished when the officers arrived that many of them appeared to be children. Many were shackled to their beds in dark and filthy rooms.

Fifty-seven year old David Allen Turpin and his wife, forty-nine year old Louise Anna Turpin, were charged with torture and child endangerment. Each of the accused had bail set at $9 million dollars.

The house where the siblings were held was listed as a school in Perris, California under the name Sandcastle Day School, according to the California Department of Education. KABC reported that the Turpins’ neighbors knew that they were a large family, but had never seen the youngest children outside of the house.

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President Trump’s recent inflammatory comments concerning immigration have decreased the belief that a broad spending and immigration deal can be agreed upon by the end of the week, increasing the possibility of a government shutdown.

The New York Times reports, “Democrats facing re-election in the states that Mr. Trump carried in 2016 fear that a government funding crisis, precipitated by an immigration showdown, could imperil their campaigns." Many up for re-election are worried that if a long-term agreement on immigration (DACA) isn't reached, they will have little chance of being voted back to Washington.

However, most observers agree that if a shutdown occurs, Republicans will most likely take the blame, regardless if Democrats attempt to block legislation.

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