An official said Tuesday that on Sunday Louise Turpin appeared "perplexed" as to why authorities were at her home.
The police said they first thought the 17-year-old girl who escaped was 10. All of the victims were described as very dirty and emaciated, and several were shackled.
The officers were shocked to discover that seven of the captives were actually adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29. The children were shackled to their beds, according to investigators.
"If you can imagine being a 10-year-old and being chained to a bed".
Mark Uffer from the Corona Regional Medical Center, told reporters that of the seven adults found, "it's very clear they're suffering malnutrition". They were being fed and were listed in stable condition.
"They are very friendly, very co-operative and they are hopeful that life will get better for them after this event". Their conditions were not immediately known.
Meanwhile, two of the four cars parked outside the family's home in Perris when they were arrested also appear to have licence plates linked to Disneyland. "We would talk on the phone from time to time, but every time I would ask to talk to her kids, she wouldn't let me".
A few years ago, Robert Perkins said he and his mother saw a few family members constructing a Nativity scene in the Turpins' front yard.
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He said there was no indication any of the children were sexually abused, although that was still being investigated.
"They didn't say a word", he said.
The Turpins moved into the Perris home in 2010, public records show.
David Turpin's parents, James and Betty Turpin of West Virginia, told ABC News that they were "surprised and shocked" at the allegations because their son and daughter-in-law were "a good Christian family". The children laugh along with the Elvis impersonator, and the couple kisses as their daughters clap. None are adopted, he said.
She did not recall hearing about a school run from their home. He declined to talk further. David grew up in Green Valley, between Bluefield and Princeton. They were booked into jail Monday morning after being arrested on Sunday night at about 9pm local time, inmate records indicate, KTLA reports.
The parents previously filed for bankruptcy during the same year Sandcastle Day School opened in 2011, after they accrued between $100,000 and $500,000 in debt, according to the New York Times, which cited court documents. (Image: Facebook) Louise and David Turpin are in custody on a $US9 million bail.
Another added: "Crazy, you never know who your neighbours are".
When the deputies arrived at the home, they reportedly found exactly what the girl had told them.