A mayor decried the 'act of cruelty' against 13 people shackled with chains

In this grab taken from video provided by KABC-TV on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, the exterior of the home where police arrested a couple accused of holding their 13 children captive, in Perris, east of Los Angeles. Authorities say an emaciated teenager led deputies to a California home where her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, with some of them malnourished and chained to beds. (KABC-TV via AP)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - The mayor of Perris, California on Tuesday decried allegations that two parents there shackled their 13 children to their beds in filthy conditions.

"I can truly say I am devastated by this act of cruelty," Mayor Michael Vargas said during a press conference. "I cannot begin to imagine the pain and suffering they have endured."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims as they endure the next few weeks that are coming up," he added.

David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested last Sunday and could face charges including child endangerment and torture.

The pair were arrested after a 17-year-old girl escaped from her family's home where she and her 12 brothers and sisters had been locked up in filthy conditions.

The siblings ranged from 2 to 29, and some were so malnourished that police officers believed they all were children, although seven are adults.

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