Now to the case of the Joshua Tree couple arrested for child abuse after the family was found living in a makeshift shelter in the high desert. The public defender assigned to the case believes local law enforcement was reacting to the Turpin child captivity and torture case in Perris a few months ago when they made the arrest. KVCR's Benajmin Purper has more.
Elizabeth Crabtree is the public defender assigned to Mona Kirk, the mother of the family. Crabtree has been living and practicing in Joshua Tree for four years – and she says she’s never seen a case like this before.