David and Louisa Turpin pleaded guilty in a horrifying case of abuse against 12 of their 13 children.
The California parents were arrested last year, with police alleging they underfed and shackled their children, ranging from ages 2 to 29, in decrepit conditions for nearly a decade. The Turpins pleaded guilty to 14 felony counts, including one count of torture, on Friday and will be sentenced in April, per CBS News Los Angeles.
One of the Turpin children escaped from their home outside of Los Angeles in January 2018 and was able to call for help. Police say they found some of the siblings chained to their beds in dark, disgusting conditions. The Turpin siblings detailed their parents' abuse in hundreds of journals, and more disturbing stories have been revealed in the year since. They've since been found to have suffered mental and physical injuries contracted via malnourishment and physical beatings.
The couple originally faced dozens of criminal charges, but they were reduced to 14 counts on Friday. They include torture, abuse of a dependent adult, child endangerment, and false imprisonment charges, per the Palm Springs Desert Sun. None of the charges pertained to the 2-year-old. The parents could end up in prison for life when they're sentenced in two months. Kathryn Krawczyk
Chechnya is launching another anti-LGBT attack against at citizens, and at least two people have died so far, activist groups say.
More than 100 gay men were arrested, tortured, and killed during what activists called a "wave of persecution" in 2017. Now, it appears that wave has returned to the south Russian republic, and at least 40 people are detained because of it, the Russian LGBT Network tells The Guardian.
The crackdown began in December with the detention of an administrator for an LGBT social network VKontakte, the activist group tells The Guardian. Police apparently used the administrator's phone to track down more LGBT people. Dozens of women and men have since been detained, and two were tortured to death by police, the Russian LGBT Network says.
We have received credible information that the authorities in #Chechnya have unleashed a new wave of attacks on #LGBTI men and women, with at least 2 people reported to have been tortured to death.
Shortly after the "anti-gay crackdown" began, a message on VKontakte warned LGBT residents to leave Chechnya "as soon as possible," per The Daily Beast. The ongoing "purge" is now starting to look like the 2017 situation, with detainees potentially being held at "the same facility that was named in the 2017 reports," The Associated Press says.
A spokesman for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov called these reports "complete lies." Kadyrov has been repeatedly accused of human rights abuses against "dissidents" in the past, per AP. Read stories from victims of the 2017 crackdown at The Associated Press. Kathryn Krawczyk