RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A California couple who starved a dozen of their children and shackled some to beds was sentenced to life in prison Friday for years of abuse.

David and Louise Turpin were in Riverside County Superior Court for a proceeding that included some of their children speaking ahead of the sentencing, with one daughter, weeping, saying in court, “My parents took my whole life from me but now I’m taking my life back.”

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The couple pleaded guilty in February to torture and other abuse and agreed to serve at least 25 years in prison.

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The abuse was uncovered last year in the town of Perris when one of the couple’s 13 children jumped out a window and called 911.


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