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California torture family: Turpins wanted ANOTHER baby to add to 'House of Horrors'

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THE parents of 13 children who were discovered chained to their beds and starving gave each child a name starting with the letter ‘J’ - and wanted to try for their 14th baby to join the Turpin family’s House of Horrors.


California couple may have used food to control starving children: Experts

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The California couple accused of beating, shackling and abusing their 13 children may have used starvation as a weapon to control them, experts say, and the malnourishment would likely cause lifelong physical and mental issues for the siblings.


Turpin family latest: Two healthy Maltese dogs seized from couple whose 13 malnourished children were found 'imprisoned'

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Authorities seized two healthy dogs from the Turpin family after 13 siblings were found malnourished and allegedly tortured. The two Maltese-mix dogs “appear healthy”, Perris, California animal control officer Christina Avila said, and will be raffled for adoption. David and Louise Turpin have denied a string of charges relating to their alleged treatment of the children, who are aged between 2 and 29.

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Abuse in house of torture was 'severe, pervasive, prolonged'

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A California couple tortured a dozen of their children for years, starving them to the point that their growth was stunted, chaining them to their beds for up to months, preventing them from using the toilet at times and forbidding them from showering more than once a year, a prosecutor said Thursday.

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Parents Charged With Torture And Abuse Of 13 Kids May Face Life In Prison

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A California couple accused of holding their 13 children captive in their home for years face up to life in prison.

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'It was nasty' Owner of Turpin family's former house describes squalor as parents charged

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THE former house where David and Louise Turpin once lived with their children in Texas was left "nasty" with rotten floors and holes in wall, its current owner has revealed.

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Adulthood now begins at 24, say scientists as young people delay work, marriage and families 

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Adulthood does not begin until 24, scientists have concluded because young people are continuing their education for longer and delaying marriage and parenthood. The traditional definition for adolescence is currently between and the ages of 10 and 19, which marked the beginnings of puberty and the perceived end of biological growth. But, writing in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, scientists from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne argue the timings needs to be changed. They point to the fact that the brain continues to mature beyond the age of 20, and many people’s wisdom teeth do not come through until the age of 25. And people are also getting married and having children later, with the average man entering their first marriage aged 32.5 and women 30.6, an increase of eight years since the 1970s. Families have changed significantly since the 1970s Credit:  Fox Photos Lead author Prof Susan Sawyer, said delays in young people leaving education, settling down and becoming parents, showed adolescence was now longer and argued that policies that support youth should be extended beyond teenage years. Countries such as New Zealand already treat children who have been in care as vulnerable until they are 25, allowing them the same rights as youngsters “Age definitions are always arbitrary,” she said, but “our current definition of adolescence is overly restricted.” “The ages of 10-24 years are a better fit with the development of adolescents nowadays.” However other academics argued that just because young people were unmarried or still in education did not mean they were not fully functioning adults. But Dr Jan Macvarish, a parenting sociologist at the University of Kent, told the BBC: “There is nothing inevitably infantilising about spending your early 20s in higher education or experimenting in the world of work. “Society should maintain the highest possible expectations of the next generation.” Prof Sawyer also admits there could be downsides to he plan, particularly if youngsters were no longer seen as responsible or capable of full engagement in society until they were 24. "Such a view would risk disenfranchising adolescents and undermines their rights to fully participate in society," she added.

YouTube deleting Tide Pod challenge videos in bid to stem dangerous detergent-eating craze 

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YouTube has said it is deleting any videos showing the Tide Pod challenge in an effort to stem the dangerous detergent-eating craze among US teens. The potentially health-damaging fad has seen teenagers daring each other to film themselves biting into washing machine capsules and then upload the results online, with some videos garnering hundreds of thousands of views. The trend has provoked warnings from health bodies in America, who say ingesting the capsules could have “serious health implications”, and has also prompted an awareness campaign featuring an NFL star. Today YouTube said it was working to quickly remove Tide Pod videos as they encouraged dangerous behaviour with an “inherent risk of physical harm”. A spokesman for YouTube said: “YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibit content that's intended to encourage dangerous activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm. We work to quickly remove flagged videos that violate our policies.” NFL New England Patriots' star Rob Gronkowski has spearheaded an awareness campaign around eating Tide pods Credit: Twitter/Tide Accounts that have a video deleted also face having a temporary strike placed against them that can disable some of the channel’s features, such as monetisation. YouTube channels that get three strikes against them in a three-month period are terminated from the platform.  Parents have long been warned of the health risks detergent pods can pose to small children, who are attracted to the colourful capsules. In 2013 the US Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning saying: “Young children who are exposed to the highly concentrated, toxic detergent are at risk of serious injury.” 19-year-old Marc Pagan reacting after biting into a Tide Pod due to a dare Credit: YouTube The commission said that children who had ingested detergent needed hospital attention for adverse effects such as loss of consciousness, excessive vomiting, drowsiness, throat swelling, and difficulty breathing. The first mentions of the “Tide Pod challenge” on YouTube date back to 2014. Then in 2015 the satirical site, The Onion, published a spoof op-ed from a toddler describing his determination to eat the colourful detergent pods. The fad of teens daring each other to bite into the pods came to the fore last year after a number of high-profile videos. The trend has spawned its own internet culture, with teenagers posting memes of fake adverts for the pods being marketed as food. When bae cooks for you ��— Tide Pods (@OGTidePods) January 8, 2018 A video by CollegeHumor titled ‘Don't Eat the Laundry Pods’ posted in March 2017 has been viewed more than three million times. The craze has prompted the owners of Tide, Procter & Gamble, to launch an awareness campaign deterring teenagers from eating the pods. NFL star, Rob Gronkowski, of the New England Patriots, is featured in one of the videos saying: “What the heck is going on people? Use Tide Pods for washing, not eating.” What should Tide PODs be used for? DOING LAUNDRY. Nothing else. Eating a Tide POD is a BAD IDEA, and we asked our friend @robgronkowski to help explain.— Tide (@tide) January 12, 2018 One teenager who fell foul of the craze was Marc Pagan, 19, who said he did it as he was dared. He told CBS News: “A lot of people were just saying how stupid I was or how – why would I be willing to do that? “No one should be putting anything like that in their mouths, you know?” However the trend has continued to grow over 2017 and 2018. The American Association of Poison Control Centers said there were 39 recorded cases of 13 to 19-year-olds intentionally exposing themselves to single-load laundry tablets in 2016 and 53 cases in 2017. The association said it had already recorded 39 cases in the first 15 days of 2018 alone. Stephen Kaminski, the AAPCC’s CEO, said: “The ‘laundry packet challenge’ is neither funny nor without serious health implications. “The intentional misuse of these products poses a real threat to the health of individuals. We have seen a large spike in single-load laundry packet exposures among teenagers since these videos have been uploaded.”

Turpin family latest: Parents charged with torture and false imprisonment following discovery of 13 siblings

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Prosecutors have charged a couple who allegedly imprisoned their 13 children in a Southern California home with torture, child abuse, false imprisonment and a lewd act against a child. In announcing the charges against David and Louise Turpin, Riverside county District Attorney Mike Hestrin described an alleged escalating ordeal of beatings, imprisonment and starvation that stretched across years and multiple different residences, ending only after the siblings executed an escape plan years in the making. The children were deprived medical care and taunted with food and toys that the parents refused to share with them, he said.

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California parents starved 13 children, taunted them with pie: prosecutor

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The father, David Turpin, 57, is also accused of sexually abusing one of his young daughters, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin told reporters in announcing the charges before the couple's first court appearance later on Thursday. Turpin and his wife, Louise, 49, each faces 94 years to life in prison if convicted on the more than two dozen charges that include torture, child abuse and false imprisonment. The couple pleaded not guilty to all charges during a brief hearing before Judge Michael Donner, who ordered each defendant to remain held on $12 million bail and set the next hearing in the case for Feb. 23.

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