The California couple who starved, tortured and shackled their own 13 children has been ordered to not have any contact with them.
David Turpin, 57, and his wife, Louise Turpin, 49, appeared in court on Jan. 24 with shackles on their ankles and wrists for a child protection order hearing, the Daily Mail reported. They are facing charges of false imprisonment, child abuse, abuse on a dependent, and torture.
The charges were brought against the couple after their 17-year-old daughter escaped from the home and called 911, The Washington Post reported. Police arrived at the home and arrested the Turpin parents after finding their malnourished children.
Both parents are currently being held on $9 million bail each. Prosecutors asked the court to ban the couple from having any direct or indirect contact with their children. Defense attorneys did not challenge the proposal.
The order will expire in January 2021. Under its guidelines, the Turpin parents are not allowed to be within 100 yards of their children, they can not make any electronic contact with them or even attempt to find out where they are located.
The judge also barred the Turpin parents from owning any firearms and to surrender any weapons they currently own. The couple did not speak during the hearing, but nodded to acknowledge that they understood the judge's orders.
At one point, Louise was seen smiling after the order was read. The couple had pleaded not guilty to the multiple counts charged against them. They will appear in court again on Feb. 23.
The children remain hospitalized. They will reportedly be separated into two foster homes, despite pleading to be placed together as a family. Seven of the adult victims -- all of whom are said to have developmental issues -- will be placed in an assisted living facility.
While it is unknown what exactly motivated the Turpin parents, attorney Ambrosio Rodriguez said parents who are convicted in these types of crimes usually control their children through a mixture of psychological and physical coercion.
"They develop a kind of cultish doomsday type of religion where the father becomes this mythical leader and the mother and children’s duty is to serve the father," Rodriguez told The Washington Post.
"I’ve seen this movie before," Rodriguez added. "It’s going to get more creepy and make our skin crawl. And at the end of it, we’re all going to be asking the same question: 'How did this happen in front of us and no one noticed?'"