Perris torture case: Trial date set for David and Louise Turpin

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A couple accused of starving, beating and inflicting other abuse on 12 of their 13 children at their Perris home returned to court, where a judge turned down a key request by the victims' mother.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) -- A trial date has been set for a couple accused of starving, beating and inflicting other abuse on 12 of their 13 children at their Perris home

David and Louise Turpin were back in a Riverside County courtroom on Friday. They'll stand trial on Sept. 3, 2019.

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The couple was arrested at their Perris home in January of this year after one of their daughters escaped.

Police said they found the children living in squalor and shackled to furniture.

The Turpins have pleaded not guilty.

MORE: Outline of accusations against Turpin parents

Prosecutors have presented evidence that the couple chained their 12 children to bed as punishment and deprived them of food. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Bernard Schwartz dismissed an abuse charge pertaining to their youngest daughter, age 2.

The alleged years-long abuse was so extreme, most of the children were emaciated and barely educated.

Authorities have said the Turpin home reeked of human waste and the evidence of starvation was obvious, with the oldest of 13 siblings weighing just 82 pounds.

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