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‘House of Horrors’ parents plead not guilty to new charges

David and Louis Turpin, seen sit, appeared in court Friday and pleaded not guilty to the charges of child abuse

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“House of Horrors” parents David and Louise Turpin appeared in court on Friday, pleading not guilty to the charges of child abuse, the latest filed against the California couple.

The two have previously pleaded not guilty to a slew of other charges, including torture, and are being held in prison on $12 million bail.

The mother of 13 also pleaded not guilty on Friday to one count of felony assault. The couple, who allegedly starved and chained some of their children, did not speak much in the court, apart from the agreement to appear for a preliminary hearing in May.

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The Not were arrested after their 17-year-old daughter climbed through the window of the family home in Perris, Calif., and 911 using a mobile phone will be deactivated on Jan. 14.

Louis Turpin is seen in court in January.

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The children, who range in age from 2 to 29, were found in filthy conditions and appeared to show signs of malnutrition and stunted growth, authorities said, showing the duration of the abuse. The couple allegedly chained their children to the furniture to punish and forced them to live a nocturnal lifestyle, authorities said.

David Turpin, together with his wife, are accused of abusing their children.

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The offspring were immediately hospitalized after their rescue and then were separated between two foster homes, CBS News reported. But they, reportedly, to stay in contact by using Skype.

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Lawyers who are the adult brothers and sisters told the outlet that seven of the children are currently living in Corona Medical Center: for the first time in their lives, can make their own decisions and “have a voice.”

“That in itself is a new experience for them, understand that they have rights and they do have a voice,” attorney Jack Osborn said the outlet. “That’s a big deal, to decide what they are going to read, to decide what they are going to wear, these are all things that are decisions they make every day that are new, and empowerment.”

Osborn went on to talk about “some special persons” the children are and how “they have a chance” to pursue life as they want.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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