Princeton grandfather doesn’t believe reports about grandchildren being tortured

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The father of the man accused by California authorities of abusing his 13 children says he doesn’t believe reports that his son and his son’s wife chained their children for long periods and let them shower only once a year.

James Turpin of Princeton, West Virginia, told The Associated Press he’s going to talk to his son’s children to “find out the real story” as soon as he can get a call through to them.

Prosecutors in Riverside County, California, on Thursday alleged David Turpin and his wife, Louise, committed years of torture and abuse.

District Attorney Mike Hestrin said the victims were severely malnourished, have cognitive impairment and lack basic knowledge of life.

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