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David Turpin's Sister-in-Law Says He Would Watch Her in the Shower, Wouldn't Let Her Contact Kids

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:10

David Turpin's Sister-in-Law Says He Would Watch Her in the Shower, Wouldn't Let Her Contact KidsElizabeth Flores says she was creeped out by Turpin when she stayed with the family 20 years ago.


California community reeling over Turpin 'house of horrors': 'I served them pizza while their children were starving?'

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:34

 'I served them pizza while their children were starving?'The quiet California community of Perris has been left reeling after the discovery of 13 children  found chained and malnourished in squalid conditions in their parents' house. Matthew Alex Padilla, a 20-year-old former Marine, said he was sickened to learn that Louise Turpin, the woman he served pizza to near the Perris property, had a house full of starving children.  Mr Padilla has worked at Leonardi’s Pizza inside the WinCo supermarket for a year, and told The Telegraph he last saw Mrs Turpin a week or so ago. “Louise was in here every other day,” he said. “Sometimes with her husband, and a few times with a little girl, but never more than one. “We knew each other, and would chat – she was normal, if maybe a bit reserved. I had no idea she had 13 children, because she’d only ever order a slice of pepperoni, or a chicken club sandwich with no tomato. David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested after the discovery of the 13 children Credit: AFP “I’ve seen her buy food and eat, and yet there were 13 hungry kids at home? That’s messed up. They should be sentenced to a long time in jail. To do that to your kids – it’s not OK.” Louise and her husband David forced their offspring to march around the house, drill formation, at the dead of night, one neighbour claimed. Mike Clifford, a 60-year-old aerospace machinist, lived opposite the family for three years in Murrieta, where the couple rented a six-bedroom home between 2011 and 2014. Described by their family as “deeply religious”, the Turpins home-schooled their children and the youngsters were rarely seen in the community. “We thought they were mentally handicapped kids, so they kept them in,” said Mr Clifford, who worked late shifts and would catch sight of them in the evenings.  “I never saw them play. What we did used to see a lot was on the second floor, the kids would be walking in circles like they were marching for hours at a time. It was military like.”  He told the Mail Online he would see the Turpins bundling their children into their minivan at least twice a month in the early hours of the morning as he arrived home. Neighbours stand outside the house where the children were found Credit: Los Angeles Times “They would load up the kids at about one in the morning,” he said. “The garage doors would just pop open and half a dozen kids would get into the van and then they'd drive off. “My weirdest thought was that they were selling the kids, sexually or whatever.” Despite his concerns, Mr Clifford says he never saw anything that would have warranted a call to the police and said the children appeared clean, if “robotic” when spoken to. In 2014 the family moved up the road to Perris, from where the alarm was raised by their 17-year-old daughter on Sunday morning. Inside the house, police found 12 more of the couple’s children, aged two to 29, begging for water and food, some shackled to the bed in a stench-filled room. Gabriela Del Toro, manager at the Primos Mexican restaurant in Perris, said that Mrs Turpin would come in several times a week to get takeaway food – but never in family-sized quantities. “She was pleasant enough – there was absolutely nothing out of the ordinary,” she said. “It’s mad to think that was going on just down the road.” The couple posted several pictures from family outings on their Facebook page  Mr Turpin’s parents were also left reeling by the news. James Turpin, who lives near Princeton, West Virginia, with his wife Betty, told his local newspaper that their son was “a fine person". David Turpin grew up in West Virginia’s Green Valley area and studied at Virginia Tech before moving away – first to Texas, then to California. "He did an outstanding job and worked in school, and the last time we were out there was about six years ago,” he said.  “The kids were fine. They were healthy and nothing was wrong. "I cannot understand. I'm going to talk to the kids as soon as they let me. I'm getting ready to make a call." Their other son, Randy, president of Valor Christian College in Ohio, said he was estranged from his brother and has taken leave to deal with the fallout. Yet on Mrs Turpin’s side of the family, a more damaging picture was presented. Elizabeth Jane Flores, her 41-year-old sister, appeared on US breakfast television on Wednesday and said her family tried "for years" to get in touch with her sister - but "she just shut us out of her life" for decades. "I want to reach out to the kids, I want them to know that for years we begged to Skype, we begged to see them, the whole family,” she said. The couple are being held on a $9 million bond Credit:  Barcroft Media Mrs Flores said she lived with her sister and brother-in-law for a few months when she was at university.  At the time, the couple only had four children and the eldest was in elementary school. "I thought they were really strict, but I didn't see any type of abuse," she said of the parents. "Now that I'm an adult, I look back, I see things that I didn't see then." She also said she had "uncomfortable" experiences with her brother-in-law but never told anyone because she was "young" and "scared." "He did things that made me feel uncomfortable," she said. "If I were to get in the shower, he would come in there while I was in there and watch me, and it was like a joke. He never touched me or anything." Mrs Flores said her mother drove for hours to visit the family in Texas at one point, but the Turpins didn't let her inside the house.  A few years later, Mrs Flores said, her father bought a flight to see the family but his daughter told him not to come, insisting she would visit them instead – which they never did. Another sister, Teresa Robinette, said that Mrs Turpin did not visit her parents even when they begged, on their death beds, to see her. “She didn’t even show up to either of their funerals,” she said. “So we have really no connection with Louise in a long, long time since we were young.” She said her sister had married Mr Turpin when she was 16. “We always thought she was living the perfect life. She would tell us they went to Disneyland all the time. They would go to Vegas.” But, she admits, in hindsight there were signs of neglect. “I always made comments to Louise when I talked to her about: ‘Gosh, they’re so skinny,’” she told NBC’s Today show. “And she would laugh it off: ‘Well David’s so tall and lanky, they’re going to be like him.’ “I can’t even say the words to you that I would like to say to her — I’m so angry inside.”


Blessing of the animals on St. Anthony's Day

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:29

Blessing of the animals on St. Anthony's DayThe feast of St. Anthony, Spain’s patron saint of animals, is celebrated each year. On the eve of St. Anthony’s Day, riders guide their horses through a bonfire in the village of San Bartolome de Pinares as part of the Luminarias ritual in honor of St. Anthony the Abbot.


What Is A 'Sunshine Baby'?

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:11

What Is A 'Sunshine Baby'?Over the years, some of this vocabulary has gained wider currency, like the term “rainbow baby,” which refers to a child born after a miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death or other early loss of a child.


Pennsylvania Supreme Court Appears Open To Striking Down Gerrymandered Map

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:11

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Appears Open To Striking Down Gerrymandered Map― A plurality of state Supreme Court justices seemed open to the possibility that the Pennsylvania congressional map may violate the state’s constitution, but during oral argument on Wednesday seemed unclear as to how to remedy the situation.


Coping with climate stress in Antarctica

Science Daily Animal News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:16

Some Antarctic fish living in the planet's coldest waters are able to cope with the stress of rising carbon dioxide levels the ocean. They can even tolerate slightly warmer waters. But they can't deal with both climate change stressors at the same time, according to a new study.

California sea lion population rebounded to new highs

Science Daily Animal News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:50

California sea lions have fully rebounded under the protection of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, with their population on the West Coast reaching carrying capacity in 2008 before unusually warm ocean conditions reduced their numbers, according to the first comprehensive population assessment of the species.

Mantis shrimp size each other up before ceding a fight

Science Daily Animal News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:48

To a mantis shrimp, walking away from a fight doesn't mean being a wimp. It means recognizing who they're up against and knowing when to bail rather than drag out a doomed battle, researchers say. Mantis shrimp use sparring matches to decide when to fight and when to fold.

Undocumented immigrant charged in slaying of 2 police officers says he wishes he killed more cops

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:20

Undocumented immigrant charged in slaying of 2 police officers says he wishes he killed more copsAn undocumented immigrant who admitted to shooting and killing two Northern California police officers in October 2014 said in court on Tuesday that he regrets not killing more cops.


How to protect your family against the spread of the flu

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 08:54

How to protect your family against the spread of the fluThis year’s outbreak is widespread in every state but Hawaii, and has gotten so bad in Alabama that the governor has declared a public health emergency.


Not just for Christmas: Study sheds new light on ancient human-turkey relationship

Science Daily Animal News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 08:41

For the first time, research has uncovered the origins of the earliest domestic turkeys in ancient Mexico. The study also suggests turkeys weren't only prized for their meat -- with demand for the birds soaring with the Mayans and Aztecs because of their cultural significance in rituals and sacrifices.

Canine distemper confirmed in Far Eastern leopard, world's most endangered big cat

Science Daily Animal News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 08:26

The Far Eastern or Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) is already among the rarest of the world's big cats, but new research reveals that it faces yet another threat: infection with canine distemper virus (CDV).

USA Gymnastics Won't Seek To Punish McKayla Maroney For Speaking About Nassar Abuse

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 08:12

USA Gymnastics Won't Seek To Punish McKayla Maroney For Speaking About Nassar AbuseUSA Gymnastics said Wednesday it will not seek to penalize Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney for breaking a confidentiality agreement to speak out against former team doctor Larry Nassar, an admitted sexual predator whose sentencing hearing began this week.


Alligator and python captured tangling on golf course

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 07:50

Alligator and python captured tangling on golf courseSeveral golfers had their games interrupted in Florida by a highly unusual sight on Friday: a python battling an alligator.


Man Deported After 30 Years In America: It Wasn't My Choice To Come

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 07:24

 It Wasn't My Choice To ComeJorge Garcia, the man who had lived in the U.S. for 30 years and was deported to Mexico this week  despite having no criminal record, wishes the Trump administration was willing to look at immigration cases individually.


Why don't turtles still have tail spikes?

Science Daily Animal News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 07:23

In a study covering 300 million years of evolutionary history, researchers have found four necessary components to tail weapon development: size, armor, herbivory and thoracic stiffness.

Philippine volcano spews lava; thousands flee

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 07:14

Philippine volcano spews lava; thousands fleeGlowing-red lava spurted in a fountain and flowed down the Philippines' most active volcano in a stunning display of its fury that has sent more than 34,000 villagers fleeing to safety.


New light on the mysterious origin of Bornean elephants

Science Daily Animal News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 06:55

How did Borneo get its elephant? This could be just another of Rudyard Kipling's just so stories. The Bornean elephant is a subspecies of Asian Elephants that only exist in a small region of Borneo. Their presence on this southeastern Asian island has been a mystery. Scientists have discovered that elephants might have arrived on Borneo at a time of the last land bridge between the Sunda Islands in Southeast Asia.

Reports Suggest Steve Bannon Willing To Cooperate With Robert Mueller

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 06:17

Reports Suggest Steve Bannon Willing To Cooperate With Robert MuellerFormer White House adviser Steve Bannon is willing to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into whether President Donald Trump’s campaign coordinated with Russia to influence the election, according to multiple media reports late Tuesday and early Wednesday.


Sweden sends leaflets to 5m homes on how to prepare for war with Russia

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 05:23

Sweden sends leaflets to 5m homes on how to prepare for war with RussiaSweden is preparing to issue a public information manual on what to do in the event of war, as debate in the country grows over how to deal with the threat from Russia. The brochure, due to be sent to 4.7m households, will inform the public how they can take part in “total defence” during a war and secure water, food and heating. The booklet with the working title If Crisis or War Comes will also give guidance on dealing with threats from cyber attacks, terrorism and climate change, the FT reported. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and military support for Ukrainian separatists, along with increased activity and exercises near the Baltics and Scandinavia have caused deep unease in Sweden. The neutral country has begun to reverse deep post war defence cuts and incursions by Russian planes and submarines have sparked intense public debate over whether to join Nato. Sweden has seen debate over whether to join Nato Credit:  Victor Svedberg / Regeringskansliet In September 2017, the country held its biggest military exercise in 23 years, with war games involving 19,000 Swedish personnel and allies from Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, France, Norway and America. The country last year voted to reintroduce conscription. “All of society needs to be prepared for conflict, not just the military. We haven’t been using words such as total defence or high alert for 25-30 years or more. So the knowledge among citizens is very low,” said Christina Andersson, leader of the project at the Swedish civil contingencies agency.


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