Tortured California siblings reportedly showered twice a year, ate once per day

Police find 12 people held captive in California home after teen escapes

Police: 13 brothers and sisters held captive, some chained to beds

Images obtained from a Facebook page that appears to have been set up by the parents show the siblings dressed in matching outfits at a wedding and in Dr Seuss-style shirts.

The children were found at their parents' home in Perris, which is about 70 miles east of Los Angeles. The sheriff's office said they all appeared "malnourished" and "dirty".

The 17-year-old girl called 911 from a de-activated cell phone after she escaped through a window, Fellows said.

Roberto Gomez, who lives behind the Turpins, said the family kept lights on inside the house all the time, yet they were rarely seen outside.

Police said six of the couple's children were minors, while the other seven were over 18. The victims were provided with food and beverages after they claimed to be starving.

Hestrin said the Turpins had been restraining their children for many years. David was also charged with one count of lewd act on a child.

"I feel they were model Christians", said Betty Turpin, the 81-year-old mother of David Turpin, according to The Independent.

If convicted on all charges, the couple face up to 94 years to life in prison each.

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As an example, Hestrin noted that one of the children, age 12, is the weight of an average 7-year-old and the oldest victim, a 29-year-old woman, weighs just 82 pounds.

"He did things that made me feel uncomfortable", she said on Wednesday.

District Attorney explained that additional charges are possible as the investigation proceeds, especially of 17 years when the family lived in the state of Texas before moving to California in 2010.

The sheriff and Child Protective Services both said they had no dealings with the family prior to this. She took another sibling with her, who eventually got scared and turned back. They were found "shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings", a police statement said.

During their court appearance, District Attorney Mike Hestrin described the couple's actions as "severe emotional, physical abuse" and "depraved conduct".

After a brief interview with the female, they contacted 57-year old David Allen Turpin and 49-year old Louise Anna Turpin at the residence where the teenager escaped.

He added the parents would buy food for themselves but would not allow the children to eat it. Toys were also found in the house in their packaging that had "never been opened".

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