American couple underfed, tortured, chained their 13 children
Perris (US): A California couple has been arrested for torture after authorities said their 13 malnourished children were held captive in their home, with some shackled to beds in the dark.
Authorities on Monday said they were alerted to the harrowing scene after a 17-year-old girl managed to escape the house on Sunday and call police using a cellphone she found. She was so "emaciated" that officers said they originally thought she was just 10 years old.
The 13 victims at the house in Perris, California ranged in age from two to 29, the
Riverside County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.
The sheriff's office said "the victims were provided with food and beverages after they claimed to be starving".