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David Allen Turpin/Facebook(PERRIS, Calif.) -- The staff of a Southern California hospital was reduced to tears at the sight of seven of the 13 malnourished siblings who were admitted after authorities discovered they were being held captive by their parents, officials from the Corona Regional Medical Center told ABC News. Those seven siblings are all adults.

"It's that profound when you see what they're going through," hospital CEO and Chief Managing Director Mark Uffer told ABC News of the staff's somber reaction. "How does this happen?"

On Sunday, a 17-year-old girl escaped her home in Perris -- about 27 miles south of San Bernardino, California -- through a window and called 911, telling dispatchers that she and her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

When responding officers arrived, the teen was so emaciated that they said she "appeared to be only 10 years old." Other siblings, who range in age from 2 to 29, were allegedly "shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings" and appeared to be "very dirty" according to the Sheriff's Office.

The Corona Regional Medical Center in Corona, California, is treating all seven of the adult siblings -- five females and two males ages 18 to 29 -- Uffer said, adding that he has never seen mistreatment of "this magnitude."

Dr. Fari Kamalpour, the hospital's director of internal medicine, told ABC News that her "first impression" when she saw the siblings was that she was in the pediatric unit.

"When we first saw them, everybody thought they were children," Uffer said.

The malnourishment that the siblings endured was "systematic" and occurred over a long period of time, Kamalpour said.

"This doesn't happen over three months or six months," Uffer said. "When you see malnutrition in people, it's years."

The malnutrition "absolutely" impacted the children's cognitive and physical development, and the staggering development tends to progressively get worse over time, Kamalpour said.

The adults siblings are currently in stable condition but have not been medically cleared to be discharged from the hospital. They are being kept together in the same unit in an attempt to recreate a family environment as they undergo physical, psychiatric, cognitive and medical evaluations by a team of doctors in the coming days.

Hospital staff are most concerned about the eldest child, a 29-year-old woman who Uffer mistook as about 13 to 14 years old, he said.

Kamalpour and Uffer hope that with the a good environment that includes "appropriate" nourishment, physical activity and social interaction, all of the siblings will eventually be able to live a normal life. Hospital staff are currently coordinating with adult protective services to determine how to achieve that, emphasizing that there is "no rush to push them out the door," Uffer said.

"It's not going to be achieved overnight, but definitely they can conquer it," Kamalpour said.

All 13 victims are believed to be the biological children of David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, authorities said. The couple was arrested on charges of torture and child endangerment and are being held on $9 million bail each. They are expected to be arraigned Thursday, according to the sheriff's office.

The family had lived in the home since 2014 and had previously lived in Marietta, California and Texas, authorities said. The children were home-schooled, and it is unclear how long they had been held inside the home.

One neighbor told ABC News that she once saw children who looked to be around 10-years-old planting grass around 11 p.m.

Signs a person is malnourished

Kamalpour said the "main sign" that someone is malnourished or mistreated is "pale skin that you can see from a normal distance."

Another sign that someone is malnourished is muscle atrophy, or muscle wasting, which is often caused by lack of physical activity.

"Basically, you don't see much muscle mass on the face or the arms," or other extremities that are exposed when they venture outside, Kamalpour said.

People who are malnourished do not walk steadily and have poor posture, Kamalpour said.

"As a parent, if you know what is normal in a child, you can easily find out what is abnormal in a child," Kamalpour said. "You don't need a medical degree."

People who go through these type of events are usually aware "that there's something that's not quite right," Uffer said.

Kamalpour said it is the "responsibility" of members of the community to watch out for each other.

"If you see a child that doesn't go to school and is putting sod on the ground at midnight, or looks pale and doesn't walk appropriately, that kid probably has some issues that need to be paid attention to," Kamalpour said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Justice on Tuesday appealed a federal court ruling that had forced the Trump administration to again accept renewal applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

The administration, which is seeking to appeal a lower court ruling to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, announced that later this week it intends to take the "rare step" of seeking direct review in the Supreme Court.

"It defies both law and common sense for DACA — an entirely discretionary non-enforcement policy that was implemented unilaterally by the last administration after Congress rejected similar legislative proposals and courts invalidated the similar DAPA policy — to somehow be mandated nationwide by a single district court in San Francisco," said Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Last week, a federal district judge in California issued a preliminary injunction against the end of the DACA program, which was started by the Obama administration to offer deportation relief and work authorization to young people brought to the U.S. as children, known as "Dreamers."

DAPA was a similar program that would have expanded protections to many parents of Dreamers but was eventually blocked by the courts.

Sessions said that acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, who was the head of DHS at the time of the decision to end the program, "acted within her discretion to rescind this policy with an orderly wind down."

"We are now taking the rare step of requesting direct review on the merits of this injunction by the Supreme Court so that this issue may be resolved quickly and fairly for all the parties involved," Sessions added.

The Supreme Court will only hear cases that are still pending in the lower court, if it can be shown the case is of "such imperative public importance as to justify deviation from normal appellate practice and to require immediate determination" in the Supreme Court.

On Sept. 5, the Trump administration announced it was ending the program and phasing it out over the following months.

Since the program's initiation in 2012, nearly 800,000 unauthorized immigrants have been granted protection. DACA recipients who had status through March 5 of this year were allowed to re-apply for the two-year extension, but many young people have already begun to lose their status.

Since the administration announced the end to DACA, 12,710 DACA recipients have had their status expire, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which manages the program under DHS.

On Sunday, USCIS announced that due to the federal court order, the agency had resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA.

"Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017," read its notice.

This comes amid a contentious debate on Capitol Hill and at the White House over how to proceed with a permanent solution for Dreamers.

Now-DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen insisted Tuesday that only Congress can reach a solution for Dreamers during a contentious congressional hearing, where she was repeatedly hammered on the president's reported derogatory remarks made in the Oval Office during an immigration meeting last week.

Democrats insist that if Republicans want their support for a spending deal, it must include a legislative fix to help DACA recipients. Republicans maintain that DACA must be dealt with separately from spending negotiations.

Congress has until midnight Friday to strike a deal on a host of issues -- with DACA at the forefront -- before government funding is set to run out.

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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christian Senyk/U.S. Navy via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Navy is filing negligent homicide charges against the former commanding officers of two destroyers involved in collisions last summer that killed 17 American sailors. The former commanding officers are among six Navy personnel aboard the USS Fitzgerald and the USS John S. McCain the Navy says should face criminal charges and possible court martial for the collisions--which occurred off the coasts of Japan and Singapore.

"Courts-martial proceedings/Article 32 hearings are being convened to review evidence supporting possible criminal charges against Fitzgerald members," said Captain Greg Hicks, the Navy's Chief of Information, in a statement announcing the charges.

Article 32 hearings are preliminary court hearings that determine whether criminal charges should stand and be referred to a court martial.

"The members' ranks include one Commander (the Commanding Officer), two Lieutenants, and one Lieutenant Junior Grade. The charges include dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel, and negligent homicide," said Hicks.

Cmdr. Bryce Benson was commanding officer of the USS Fitzgerald on June 17 when it collided with a Philippine freighter off the coast of Japan, killing seven U.S. sailors. Benson, one of three sailors injured in the collision, was relieved of duty shortly afterwards.

"Additionally, for John S. McCain, one court- martial proceeding/Article 32 hearing is being convened to review evidence supporting possible criminal charges against one Commander (the Commanding Officer)," according to the statement. "The charges include dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel, and negligent homicide. Also, one charge of dereliction of duty was preferred and is pending referral to a forum for a Chief Petty Officer."

Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez was commander of the USS John S. McCain on August 21 when his ship collided with an oil tanker just outside the port of Singapore. Ten American sailors were killed and five others injured.

"Additional administrative actions are being conducted for members of both crews including non-judicial punishment for four Fitzgerald and four John S. McCain crewmembers. Information regarding further actions, if warranted, will be discussed at the appropriate time," said the statement.

"The collisions were avoidable," said Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, in the executive summary to the investigative report into both collisions. The report cited poor decisions and lax standards by the ships' crews as contributing to the deadly collisions.

When he released the report in early November, Richardson said he had appointed a four-star admiral to determine if disciplinary actions should be pursued for the officers involved in the incidents.

The Navy investigation found that the "watch teams" on the Fitzgerald's bridge failed to carry out basic Navy safety and navigation procedures and "failed to adhere to well-established protocols put in place to prevent collisions."

The Fitzgerald was traveling at a speed of 20 knots in the early morning hours of June 17 as it sailed through a busy shipping lane 50 miles south of Tokyo. Against his standing order the officer of the deck did not notify Benson when the destroyer came within three nautical miles of nearby ships. At one point the Fitzgerald crossed the bow of one of those ships at a distance of 650 yards.

The bridge team mistakenly calculated the passing distance of the freighter ACX Crystal and did not adjust the Fitzgerald's speed and course until it was too late.

The McCain collision was also deemed to have been avoidable and "resulted primarily from complacency, overconfidence and lack of procedural compliance," the investigation found.

"A major contributing factor to the collision was sub-standard level of knowledge regarding the operation of the ship control console," particularly regarding the ship's steering system prior to the collision," the report said.

As his ship transited through a busy shipping lane outside of Singapore, Sanchez --the ship's commanding officer-- ordered the ship's steering control be split between two helmsman. That decision, the investigation found, led to one of the helmsmen perceiving a loss of steering, causing the team on the bridge to lose situational awareness.

The problems on the bridge were compounded by an earlier decision Sanchez made to delay additional manning of key positions needed to transit busy waterways. The investigation determined the additional personnel could have corrected the mistakes made by the team on the bridge. determined.

The report said the bridge teams on both ships, in a failure of basic seamanship rules, did not sound five blasts from their horns to warn the commercial vessels in their paths about a possible collision, and neither of the bridge teams attempted to make radio contact with the commercial vessels to warn of a collision.

"If John S McCain had sounded at five short blasts or made Bridge-to-Bridge VHF hails or notifications in a timely manner, then it is possible that a collision might not have occurred," the report said.

Neither of the commercial ships made the same efforts either, the report said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- A tearful scene unfolded at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Monday morning, where Jorge Garcia, a father of two and a 30-year resident of Detroit, was deported to Mexico amid cries from his family.

Garcia, 39, was brought to the U.S. by his aunt when he was 10 years old, according to his wife and Michigan United, an immigrant advocacy organization that is working with Garcia. His parents had already immigrated to the country, said Michigan United spokesperson Erik Shelley, who was at the airport this morning as Garcia bid his emotional goodbyes to his wife, Cindy Garcia, and children, ages 15 and 12.

For his family, the parting was devastating. Cindy Garcia told ABC News she is “very sad, very depressed, emotional.”

“It’s like a nightmare,” she said.

Cindy and Jorge Garcia met in Detroit and have been married for 15 years, she said. He worked in the landscaping industry and she is retired from Ford Motor Company.

In 2005, they tried to “fix his paperwork,” Cindy Garcia told ABC News, but instead he ended up in deportation proceedings. Throughout the Obama administration, Jorge Garcia was able to receive multiple stays of deportation, though he had to check in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) routinely.

But on Nov. 20, ICE told the couple that Jorge Garcia had to leave the U.S. He was going to be detained, but ICE allowed him to stay with his family, first through Thanksgiving and then through the holidays, Cindy Garcia said. However, he was told he had to leave the country by no later than Jan. 15 -- today.

“I am a U.S. citizen and it is affecting me. We tried to do things the right way,” said Cindy Garcia. “We tried and he got sent back to a country he does not know.”

ICE said that its records show that Jorge Garcia, an unlawfully present citizen of Mexico, was ordered removed by an immigration judge in June 2006. He appealed his removal in 2008 to the Board of Immigration Appeals, where it was remanded back to the lower court, which subsequently allowed him to voluntarily depart, according to ICE.

After he failed to depart within the timeline of the agreement, he became subject to a final order of removal in 2009, ICE said.

ICE exercised what is known as "prosecutorial discretion" in his case in 2011, 2012 and 2014, allowing him to remain in the U.S. During that time, he was never detained by immigration authorities.

On Jan. 15, Jorge Garcia was removed pursuant to the judge's removal order, said ICE.

"As ICE Deputy Director Thomas Homan has made clear, ICE does not exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States," said an ICE spokesperson in a statement.

ICE said it wasn't aware of any criminal record for Jorge Garcia. Shelley said that as far as he knows, Jorge Garcia hasn't had so much as a parking ticket.

Jorge Garcia's deportation comes amid a yearlong effort by the Trump administration to ramp up immigration arrests and deportations.

In fiscal year 2017, ICE arrested 143,470 people on immigration violations -- the highest number of these type of arrests over the past three years.

“If you choose to violate the laws of this country, you should be concerned,” said Homan in December -- a sentiment he has repeated in public testimony and interviews.

There were 30 percent more immigration-related arrests in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to ICE’s end-of-year report.

“It was touch-and-go throughout the Obama administration,” but Jorge Garcia had no chance when President Donald Trump started going for the “low-hanging fruit,” said Shelley.

Garcia was two years too old to qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program -- the Obama-era program that allowed some undocumented immigrants who brought the U.S. illegally to work and live in the U.S. without fear of deportation.

In September, Trump announced he was winding down the program, but the phase-out is facing a number of legal challenges. Meanwhile, Congress is debating a possible permanent solution for DACA recipients -- a debate that could lead to a government shutdown.

ICE did not immediately respond to requests for more information on Jorge Garcia’s case.

While politicians fight over a DACA solution, Cindy Garcia remains in limbo, unsure of when her husband will be allowed to return to the U.S.

“It’s like any minute now he’s going to walk through the door, but he’s not, he’s in Mexico,” said Cindy Garcia.

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Obtained by ABC News(LAS VEGAS) -- Criminal charges may be filed in connection with the Las Vegas mass shooting that killed 58 people and injured hundreds more, attorneys for the Las Vegas Metro Police Department said in court on Tuesday.

The hearing, which took place in a Clark County District Court, was held to determine whether the media should be given access to more search warrant documents involving the shooting.

Police department attorney Nicholas Crosby told Clark County District Judge Elissa Cadish that while no one may be indicted for the actual murders, "There are charges being investigated."

The police department has been arguing against the release of the documents due to the ongoing investigation, but lawyers for the media said that because shooter Stephen Paddock is dead, there is no prosecution pending against him, so the documents are no longer sensitive.

While Crosby told Cadish that the LVMPD can't say in open court why it can't release the documents, attorneys for the media argued that any delay in their release is a violation of the First Amendment.

The search warrant documents in question are separate from federal documents that were released last week.

Cadish said she wanted to read through the documents to compare them to information already available to the public before making a decision.

Paddock, 64, opened fire on thousands of concertgoers from the 32nd floor of his suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Oct. 1.

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David Allen Turpin/ Facebook(PERRIS, Calif.) -- Thirteen siblings who were rescued Sunday after they were allegedly tortured, held captive and, in some cases, shackled in their parents' home are "hopeful that life will get better for them," one official said Tuesday.

The investigation began early Sunday morning when a 17-year-old girl allegedly escaped from the Southern California home through a window and called 911, claiming that her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive there, the sheriff's office said. Responding officers said the teen was slightly emaciated and "appeared to be only 10 years old."

"They have gone through a very traumatic ordeal, I can tell you they are very friendly, they are very cooperative and I believe they are hopeful that life will get better for them after this event," Mark Uffer, CEO of Corona Regional Medical Center, said Tuesday.

Inside the home in Perris, some of the siblings -- who are ages 2 to 29 -- were allegedly "shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings," the sheriff's office said. "The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty."

An official said Tuesday the scene inside the home was "horrific," adding several of the victims were “chained to furniture.”

Perris Mayor Michael Vargas said he was devastated by what he described as an act of cruelty.

The 13 victims are all believed to be the biological children of 57-year-old David Allen Turpin and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin, authorities said. The Turpins were arrested on charges of torture and child endangerment, the sheriff's office said, and are being held on $9 million bail each. The couple is expected to be arraigned Thursday.

An official said Tuesday that on Sunday Louise Turpin appeared "perplexed" as to why authorities were at her home.

Law enforcement had no prior contact at that home, officials said.

The siblings were home-schooled, authorities said, adding there is no indication there were any other children at the home, but the investigation is ongoing.

The California Department of Education said in a statement, “We are sickened by this tragedy and relieved the children are now safe and authorities are investigating. Private schools are required to register with the state to record their students’ exemption from compulsory attendance at public schools. Under current California law, the CDE does not approve, monitor, inspect, or oversee private schools."

The family had lived at the home in Perris since about 2014, authorities said, and had previously lived in Marietta, California, and Texas.

Seven of the victims were adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29, the sheriff's office said. The others were children as young as 2. The victims -- who authorities say claimed to be starving on Sunday -- were given food and drinks and interviewed, the sheriff's office said. They were then hospitalized for treatment, the authorities said.

It's unclear how long the victims were held inside the home, authorities said. One official said their conditions indicated it was a prolonged period.

Neighbor Julie Olha told ABC News, "I never met this family, but knowing this was going on in this environment, where you think it's supposed to be safe for your own children and your own families. ... How can two parents even fathom doing that to your children?"

She said she once saw children -- who looked to be around 10 years old -- planting grass around 11 p.m.

And Olha noted that the family's Christmas decorations once stayed up long after Christmas.

"Last Christmas, they had their nativity scene, and it stayed up for months and months, to the point where I wanted to knock on the door and say, ‘Listen, do you need help?' Past Easter, it was up," she said.

Kent Ripley, an Elvis impersonator who performed a vow renewal for David and Louise Turpin at the Elvis chapel in Las Vegas, told ABC affiliate KTNV-TV in Las Vegas, "They sang with me. They had fun. They seemed to be happy -- all of them."

Authorities said Tuesday they are working with Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services and medical professionals to get the children the help they need.

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Pasco County Sheriff(PASCO COUNTY, Fla.) -- A Florida man wanted for attempted murder thought he could evade authorities by leaping from his second-story balcony. He was wrong.

When Pasco County sheriff's officers knocked on his door, Rashad Walker allegedly exited through his rear sliding-glass door and jumped to the floor below, where he was greeted by deputies waiting to arrest him.

Walker was apprehended Jan. 12 in New Port Richey, Fla.

Bodycam video released by the sheriff's office shows several officers waiting on the lower level, whispering so as not to tip off their location.

Walker was booked on warrants from another county for second-degree attempted murder and aggravated battery with great bodily harm.

He remains at Pasco County jail. A court date hasn't been set, and the suspect hasn't yet entered a plea to the charges against him.

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Riverside County Sheriff's Department(PERRIS, Calif.) -- An investigation is underway in California after 13 siblings ages 2 to 29 were allegedly held captive in a home, some "shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks," the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said in a press release.

Two parents, 57-year-old David Allen Turpin and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin, were arrested in the torture and child engagement case in Perris, about 27 miles south of San Bernardino.

The investigation began early Sunday morning when a 17-year-old girl allegedly escaped from the home and called 911, claiming that her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive there, the sheriff's office said.

Responding officers said the teen "appeared to be only 10 years old and slightly emaciated."

Inside the home was a shocking scene.

Several children were "shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings," the sheriff's office said. "The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty."

Seven of the victims were adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29, the sheriff's office said. The others were children as young as 2. The victims -- who authorities say claimed to be starving -- were given food and drinks and interviewed, the sheriff's office said. They were then hospitalized for treatment, the authorities said.

The parents were interviewed and later booked on charges of torture and child endangerment, the sheriff's office said. Bail was set at $9 million each.

David Turpin's parents, James and Betty Turpin of West Virginia, told ABC News they are “surprised and shocked” by the allegations against their son and daughter-in-law.

James and Betty Turpin said they hadn't seen their son and daughter-in-law since visiting them in California some four to five years ago. However, they said they have kept in touch with them by phone since. They told ABC News they had not spoken to their grandchildren, saying David Turpin or his wife would often call when they were without the children, who are homeschooled.

The distraught grandparents added that David and Louise Turpin are considered a good Christian family in their community, saying they can't understand “any of this.”

James and Betty Turpin told ABC News "God called on them" to have as many children as they did, in reference to David and Louise.

The arrested couple's parents also said the children were given "very strict homeschooling," and that the children would memorize long passages of the bible. Some of the kids' goal was to memorize it in its entirety, said the couple.

Last time the grandparents visited they noticed the children “looked thin,” they said, but they seemed like a “happy family.”

The sheriff's office said it's believed that all of the victims were their biological children.

It's unclear how long the victims were held inside the home, the authorities said.

Some neighbors said they were shocked to learn the family had as many children in the house as they did, saying they had only recently seen any children outside at all and one adding it was almost as if "they'd never seen the sun."

"Everybody was super skinny, not athletic skinny but malnourished skinny," neighbor Josh Tiedeman told ABC News.

Neighbor Wendy Martinez said the allegedly neglected Turpin family members appeared to be younger than their actual ages.

"They were saying they're older," she said, "but they look very young."

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KABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Authorities in Southern California are searching for a suspect in the mysterious killing of three people over the weekend.

On Saturday afternoon, police responded to a home in Palmdale after a family member asked them to check on his family, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office said.

Inside the home were the three victims: Richard Gardner II, 78; his wife, Pepper Gardner, 56; and Richard Gardner III, 52, the sheriff's office said. The Los Angeles Times reported the males victims were father and son.

"It appears the victims suffered some trauma to their bodies, but the exact cause of death will be determined by the coroner," the sheriff's office said. The Los Angeles County Coroner's office said the sheriff's department has placed a security hold on releasing information from the coroner.

No suspects have not been identified, the sheriff's office said, adding that anyone with information is urged to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

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KTRK(HOUSTON) -- Authorities in Houston released surveillance images of two persons of interest Tuesday morning as they hunt for clues in a couple's mysterious double killing in their gated community.

Investigators believe Bao and Jenny Lam, both 61, came home around 8:40 p.m. Thursday "and were ambushed by suspects as they parked their car in the garage," the Harris County Sheriff's Office said.

The victims' son, who went to check on his parents Saturday night after not hearing from them since Thursday, called police from the home, the sheriff's office said. When deputies went inside, authorities said they found the Lams bound and shot to death.

"They were executed," Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters Tuesday morning.

The sheriff's office said surveillance video from the entry gate at the couple's subdivision shows two suspects arriving at about 8:20 p.m. Thursday in a 2007 to 2014 black Lincoln Navigator. The suspect parked near the gate and then crawled under the gate and into the subdivison, according to the sheriff's office. The suspect in the passenger seat was described by authorities as "unusually tall," possibly 6-foot-4 or taller.

Authorities said the suspects "ambushed the Lams inside their garage and forced them into their residence, where they were bound, robbed, and murdered." Their hands and feet were bound, officials said.

After ambushing the Lams, the suspects allegedly fled in the Lams' car before returning and going into the house a few hours later, authorities said. Over the course of the those few days, the suspects likely went back into the house several times, the sheriff's office said.

The house appeared to be ransacked with firearms and other valuables were missing, the sheriff's office said.

There could be up to four suspects, the sheriff's office added.

At Tuesday morning's news conference, the victims' daughter, Michelle Lam, begged "the public to please help us."

"We miss them so much," she said. "They were just going home from having dinner."

Son Richard Lam, a military officer, called his parents his "personal superheroes."

He said his parents immigrated to the United States in the 1970s and worked several jobs at once.

"They just made sure we had every opportunity to realize our dreams," he said. They later built successful businesses, the sheriff said.

Richard Lam said his father always wanted to be a military officer and often spoke how great the American military is.

"They were truly amazing people. They give their time and money to the community. My dad, if anybody asked him for help, he would not hesitate to give them a hand," he said, while his mother had "sage advice" for "every chapter" in their lives.

"Two men broke into their home last week killed them in cold blood," he continued. "We just need your help."

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ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) -- An Alberta Clipper -- and cold front associated with it -- continues to move through the eastern U.S. from the Midwest through the South and eventually into the Northeast late Tuesday into Wednesday.

Up to 18 inches of snow fell in parts of Wisconsin Monday while Chicago got up to 2.3 inches, the most snow so far this season in the Windy City.

Numerous accidents were reported as the snow moved through the Dallas-Fort Worth area overnight. Snow fell in Memphis and Nashville on Tuesday morning, where accidents were likely on the slick roads.

Alerts were in place for practically the entire United States east of the Rockies.

Most of the concern Tuesday morning is in the Deep South and the Gulf Coast where numerous winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories have been issued for ice and snow.

Many cities from Texas to Alabama were closed or delayed schools Tuesday.

The snow and ice moves into the Southeast and panhandle of Florida on Tuesday night and will reach all the way up the coast into the Washington, D.C. and Boston area.

Snow will be flying Wednesday late morning from Florida to Maine. A rare winter weather advisory has even been issued for Panama City, Florida.

The heaviest snow will be found in the Northeast over the next 24 to 36 hours, where some areas could see more than a half a foot of snow.

Behind the storm system, cold air spills all the way to the Gulf Coast as wind chills on Wednesday morning will dip into the single-digits as far south as Amarillo, Texas and Jackson, Mississippi.

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WSOC(YORK COUNTY, S.C.) -- Four South Carolina officers were rushed to the hospital Tujesday after being shot while responding to a domestic violence call late-Monday night, authorities said.

The officers responded minutes before 10:30 p.m. to the call from a home on tree-lined Farrier Lane in York County, South Carolina, county sheriff’s office spokesman Trent Faris said Tuesday.

York is about 25 miles southwest of Charlotte, North Carolina.

"We could really use your prayers and we could really use your thoughts right now for those officers," Faris said. "Our main concern is for our guys that are in the hospital right now."

Faris described one officer as being in "very critical" condition.

That officer and two others were either in surgery or awaiting surgery, Faris said this morning, adding that the fourth officer had come out of surgery at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Faris said a dispatcher took a 911 call placed at around 1 a.m., describing a man "actively assaulting a female at the home.”

When the officers arrived, the alleged suspect, later identified as Christian Thomas McCall, 47, fled on foot.

Deputies and K-9 units attempted to track down McCall, who didn't get far while neighbors were told to remain inside their homes, authorities said.

The officers and McCall traded bursts of gunshots in a standoff that lasted several hours, Faris said.

The suspect allegedly shot a York Police Department K-9 unit officer before later allegedly shooting at officers again at around 3:30 a.m., Faris said.

That is when three county sheriff’s deputies, who were members of the SWAT team and wearing "bulletproof vests," were struck, he said.

The injured officers' names have yet to be released.

McCall also sustained gunshot wounds during the alleged encounter with deputies and officers, before being taken into custody.

Like the officers, the suspect is also at the same hospital and undergoing surgery, Faris said.

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Tucson Police Department(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- Police in Arizona took down a very wizened bank robber on Sunday.

The Tucson Police Department arrested an 80-year-old man for the armed robbery of the Pyramid Credit Union in the city -- which had about half a million fewer residents when the suspect was born -- over the weekend.

Robert Francis Krebs, 80, has been charged with two counts of armed robbery after allegedly walking into the credit union on Jan. 12, pulling a handgun on the teller and demanding money. The suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of money and was seen "running from the bank" -- so at least he's keeping in good shape.

The octogenarian was caught after he tried to check into a hotel and was recognized by an employee, police said.

The police department's initial assessment of the suspect estimated the man was "in his late 60s."

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David Allen Turpin/ Facebook(PERRIS, Calif.) -- The grandparents of 13 children allegedly abused and kept shackled to beds in their Southern California home said the parents had so many kids because "God called on them."

ABC News spoke with the parents of David Turpin, who was arrested along with his wife Louise on Monday for holding their 13 children "shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings," the Riverside County Sheriff's Department office said in a statement.

James and Betty Turpin, David's parents, live in West Virginia and told ABC News they are "surprised and shocked" by the charges. They said they had not visited their son or children in four or five years, but spoke to David once or twice a month.

On their last visit to Perris, California, about 27 miles south of San Bernardino, the grandparents said the children "looked thin," but seemed like a "happy family."

State records show the children were home schooled. The private school the kids attended, Sandcastle Day School, had the same address as the family home and the six attendees were all their children.

James and Betty Turpin admitted the children were given "very strict home schooling," and they were required to memorize long passages of the Bible.

The grandparents said their son was raised Pentecostal, but the couple did not attend a church in California. The grandparents also said they had no friends or community they were aware of.

David's parents said he worked as a computer engineer and graduated from Virginia Tech.

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Osceola County Corrections(KISSIMMEE, Fla.) -- During her lunch break on Jan. 7, Janice Marie Zengotita-Torres phoned her Kissimmee, Florida, home to check on her young son and tell her mother she would be home as soon as she finished her shift in a shopping mall store, according to police records obtained by ABC News.

But by 4:30 the next morning, the 42-year-old woman had not come home, prompting her husband to make a desperate call to the sheriff's office to report her missing.

What unraveled next was described by the local sheriff as a "senseless act of violence in which she was robbed of her life."

Authorities said Zengotita-Torres was abducted, beaten and suffocated to death by suspects hired to kill someone else. Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said she was mistakenly targeted in the murder-for-hire plot that stemmed from a love triangle.

A missing-person report taken by a sheriff's deputy indicates that Zengotita-Torres nearly made it to the front door of her apartment when she was kidnapped by her killers, who apparently carried out the murder even though they realized they had snatched the wrong person, Gibson said.

The manager at the Ross Dress for Less at The Loop shopping mall where Zengotita-Torres worked told sheriff's deputies the woman left work as planned when she finished her shift, according to a narrative of the missing person report.

"He advised that he reviewed the video and observed Janice and another employee...leave and walk to their cars," according to the report. "He advised Janice and (the other employee) talked for approximately 1 minute and then got into their cars and drove off."

The security video showed Zengotita-Torres, wearing black pants and a navy blue shirt, driving out of the mall parking lot in her 2016 Nissan Rogue at 12:33 a.m. on Jan. 8.

Her family would never see her alive again.

Once her husband reported her missing, a sheriff's deputy called her cell phone, but got no answer, the report says. The deputy soon began to suspect foul play when he was informed that two transactions were made from her Chase Bank account at 1:30 a.m., about an hour after she left work. One of the transactions was a withdrawal of $200, and the second was for $500 made at a CVS store on South Orange Blossom Trail in Kissimmee.

Investigators suspect Zenegotita-Torres' killers followed her from the shopping mall to her apartment complex. Once there, they kidnapped her, driving her off in her own car, initially believing she was the woman they were hired to kill by a jealous lover out to eliminate a rival for her boyfriend.

Zengotita-Torres' body was found on Jan. 8 in Florida's Ormond Beach. Detectives say she had been badly beaten and suffocated with garbage bags.

They said Ishnar Lopez-Ramos, 35, allegedly hired Alexis Ramos-Rivera and his girlfriend, Glorianmarie Quinones-Montes, both 22, to kill a woman who was in a relationship with a man she loved. But Ramos-Rivera and Quinones-Montes apparently mistook Zengotita-Torres for the intended target, the sheriff's office said.

"I get emotional because it touches me so deeply that one of our citizens was killed in such a manner over a mistaken identification and in the end, it appears to be a lover’s triangle," Gibson said at a press conference Friday.

He said the suspects carried out the killing even after they realized Zengotita-Torres was not their intended mark.

"She was the target of a senseless act of violence in which she was robbed of her life,” an emotional Gibson said at the news conference.

Lopez-Ramos was arrested on Friday after she attempted to use Zengotita-Torres' ATM card, Gibson said. Ramos-Rivera and Quinones-Montes were taken into custody the same day at an Orange County, Florida, hotel.

They were all booked into the Osceola County Jail on murder charges.

Gibson said detectives have made contact with the intended target of the murder plot and offered her protection, which she refused.

Gibson said Zengotita-Torres moved from Puerto Rico to Florida about a year ago with her family, hoping for a better life.

“The family members, what they are [going through] right now, they shouldn’t have to go through,” Gibson said.

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