Kids escape new ‘house of horrors’
A COUPLE have been arrested after their four adopted children were found locked up in the house with no access to food or water.
According to The Sun, Benito and Carol Gutierrez were held by authorities after one of the children, who are believed to be aged somewhere between six to 12, managed to escape through a window of the home in Tucson, Arizona.
Arizona state police raced to the Gutierrez home on Saturday and discovered the children had been kept locked up in separate bedrooms.
They had no access to food, water, light or even a bathroom for up to 12 hours a day - with one bedroom containing a bucket used as a toilet, police said.
The couple were arrested in Tucson, Arizona after police entered an address.
Authorities began the investigation last week after a male child escaped through a bedroom window and made his way to a nearby store.
According to Tucson News Now a worker at the store called 911 due to the child's age and condition, citing a news release from the department.
"The children were kept in separate bedrooms, which were locked from the outside," authorities said in a statement. "(They had) no access to food, water, lights or bathroom facilities for up to 12 hours at a time on a regular basis."
Benito Gutierrez, 69, and Carol Gutierrez, 64, were arrested on three counts of child abuse.
The case has chilling echoes of the "house of horrors" family the Turpins, who are accused of starving and torturing their 13 children in California.
Louise and David Turpin are in court after being accused of keeping their children aged 2 to 29 in filthy and fetid conditions, chaining some to their beds and using starvation as a weapon to control them.
Each parent faces 94 years to life in prison if convicted on more than two dozen charges, including torture, child abuse and false imprisonment.
This article first appeared in The Sun and is republished with permission.