How much do you know about your neighbors?
It's a particularly resonant question for one California community now grappling with the news that a pair of their neighbors have been abusing their 13 children – aged two to 29 – for years.
At 6 a.m. Sunday, the sheriff's office in Perris, a community about two hours southeast of Los Angeles, received an unsettling call. A 17-year-old girl claimed that she had just escaped the house where her parents had held she and her 12 siblings captive – many of them in shackles.
A California couple who allegedly held their 13 children captive -- with some malnourished and chained to their bed… https://t.co/liSs4w88vQ— CBS News (@CBS News)1516111246.0
Parents arrested in California after police found they allegedly kept their 13 children captive at home… https://t.co/HInHmqAscn— BBC News (World) (@BBC News (World))1516093787.0
Authorities say the mother of 13 children kept locked in filthy conditions was "perplexed" about why police came to… https://t.co/6S3wahSNXl— AP West Region (@AP West Region)1516128089.0
Couple arrested after police discovered that their 13 children had been held captive in their California home in fi… https://t.co/ama30hbJET— CNN (@CNN)1516096565.0
Child Protective Services had not previously visited Perris home where 13 children were held captive. https://t.co/Rz668D8D37— Brian Rokos (@Brian Rokos)1516127134.0
Blown away by this story about the 13 kids held captive by their parents in Perris it’s just so hard to comprehend… https://t.co/xPZqnoCPzt— PS5 Owner Guy (@PS5 Owner Guy)1516060064.0
Investigators discovered "several children shackled to their beds with CHAINS & PADLOCKS in dark & foul-smelling su… https://t.co/PFyNPeH02l— American Savage (@American Savage)1516060321.0
Sheriff Fellows had sharper words about the case. "If you can imagine, being 17 years old and appearing to be a 10-year-old, being chained to a bed and being malnourished and injuries associated with that — I would call that torture," he said. Indeed.
so when the grandmother of the 13 children held captive says the parents are being misrepresented and are a respectable family, it's clear that the evil was passed down.— kauaibride (@Kauaibride) January 16, 2018