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Parents at California house of horrors had ‘God call on them’, family says, as details of their past emerge

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A California couple accused of shackling many of their 13 children to their beds had such a large family because “God called on them,” according to the children’s grandparents, the insight coming as more details emerged Tuesday of what occurred inside the house of horrors that’s left a community on edge.

David Turpin, 57, and Louise Turpin, 49, were still being held Tuesday on suspicion of torture and child endangerment after 13 of their kids allegedly were found captive in the couple’s home in Perris, with “several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings,” police said.

James and Betty Turpin, David’s parents and the children’s grandparents, also told ABC News the Turpin children were given “very strict homeschooling” and were forced to memorize long passages in the Bible, with a few trying to memorize the entire religious text outright.

Police were notified of the home after a 17-year-old girl jumped out of a window there on Sunday and called 911.

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Greg Fellows said Louise Turpin was surprised when officers first encountered her at the home.

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Lunatic Legislators Know No Bounds in California, Brown Signs Bill Eliminating Monetary Bail

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Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed sweeping legislation to eliminate cash bail in California. The change, which will take effect in October 2019, goes further than any other state in the country to remove money from pretrial detention.

“Today, California reforms its bail system so that rich and poor alike are treated fairly,” Brown said in a statement.

Under Senate Bill 10, California will replace bail with “risk assessments” of individuals and nonmonetary conditions of release. Counties will establish local agencies to evaluate any individual arrested on felony charges for their likelihood of returning for court hearings and their chances of re-arrest.

A person whose risk to public safety and risk of failure to appear is determined to be “low” would be released with the least restrictive nonmonetary conditions possible. “Medium-risk” individuals could be released or held depending on local standards. “High-risk” individuals would remain in custody until their arraignment, as would anyone who has committed certain sex crimes or violent felonies, is arrested for driving under the influence for the third time in less than 10 years, is already under supervision by the courts or has violated any conditions of pretrial release in the previous five years.

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