Parents Arrested After Children Found Chained in House

Police initially thought that the 17-year-old who escaped and contacted them was around ten years old because she was so malnourished.

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A 17-year-old girl called police after escaping from her family’s home where she and her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, some so malnourished officers at first believed all were children even though seven are adults. The girl, who was so small officers initially believed she was only 10, called 911 and was met by police who interviewed her and then went to the family home in Perris, about 70 miles…

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