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hope to see you at 6:00. tonight, several developing stories. we have new reporting here, the horror inside that home. police say 13 siblings, the youngest just 2, held captive. some chained to furniture, malnourished. now the family photos. and video of the parents renewing their vows. led away now in handcuffs. how did this go unnoticed in an american neighborhood? and the daughter who crawled through a window to escape. the winter storm hitting the east right now. snow, ice and then bitter cold right behind it. from texas all the way up to the northeast, and the chain reaction crashes already. tonight, president trump's health. what the doctor said late today, and the cognitive test the president asked for. the other major news, steve bannon reportedly subpoenaed by robert mueller after those comments saying donald trump jr.'s meeting at trump tower was, quote, "treasonous."
the fireworks on the hill on immigration, the dreamers and on the president's profane comments. the head of homeland security testifying under oath, pressed on why she could not remember specifics from the oval office. and how she answered when asked, "norway is a predominantly white country, isn't it?" and the deadly flu tonight, the mother of three, a marathon runner, just 40 years old, who died 48 hours after coming down with the flu. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy tuesday night. and we begin with new reporting and new video, after 13 siblings were allegedly held captive in their own home, some shackled to furniture and malnourished. family photos have now been made public. the brothers and sisters, the youngest, just 2 years old. david and louise turpin are now accused of torture and child endangerment. and now they are the ones in handcuffs. tonight, we are now learning the story of the daughter who bravely crawled through a window
to get out and get help. she was so thin, authorities thought she was just 10 years old. she is 17. abc's matt gutman leads us off. >> reporter: tonight, the dramatic escape from that tortured household. authorities praising that 17-year-old girl who called for help, climbing through a window early sunday morning, calling 911 from a deactivated cell phone, showing deputies foe those of her siblings in their prison. >> if you can imagine being 17 years old and appearing to be a 10-year-old, being chained to a bed, being malnourished and injuries associated with that? i would call that torture. >> reporter: neighbor's surveillance video showing the moment david and louise turpin were led away from their southern california home in cuffs. when the deputies arrived to arrest them, louise turpin was, quote, perplexed. but what police found inside was shocking. >> there were three individuals
that were chained to some type of furniture inside the residence. there was a very foul smell inside the residence. it was extremely dirty. >> reporter: investigators say the turpin's 13 children were horrifically malnourished. ranging in age from 2 to 29. in an exclusive interview, the doctor who has been treating the adults said they have likely been enduring this for years. >> and when we first saw them, everybody thought they were children. >> reporter: even the 29-year-old? >> the 29-year-old specifically. she has the body of an underdeveloped 15-year-old. >> reporter: 29-year-old has the body of an underdeveloped 15-year-old? >> yes. >> reporter: in family photos, at least, it seemed a happy family. a trip to disneyland. at this renewal of vows ceremony in las vegas, the elvis chapel posting their ceremony online. >> they sang with me. they had fun. they seemed to be happy. all of them.
>> reporter: several neighbors telling us they never even knew children lived at the house or only caught a glimpse of them at night. >> they've been outside before doing yard work at 11:00 at night. >> reporter: 11:00 at night they were doing yard work? >> yeah. 10:30, 11:00 at night. >> all the neighbors there stunned. matt gutman with us outside the hospital, where a number of those children are being treated. and you are learning more tonight about what the doctors are trying to do to help them, matt? >> reporter: that's right, david. the doctors at this hospital told me tonight that it took years of abuse to so severely stunt the physical development of those young adults, and it will take many months of gentle nourishment to build their strength back up. it will take much longer to heal those psychological scars. david? >> matt gutman leading us off again tonight. we turn next here this evening to the dangerous winter storm hitting right now. just incredible images coming in. the chain reaction crashes. 90 million in the path of snow, ice, bitter cold from texas all the way up to the northeast. the treacherous commute, a major pileup involving a greyhound bus
and several trucks on i-65 near bonnieville, kentucky. snow pushing into the northeast tonight, through tomorrow, d.c. to philly, new york to boston. here's abc's gio benitez tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a 1,700-mile swath of ice and snow is making travel treacherous for millions and it's all moving east. watch this pickup truck try to pass on icy interstate 55 in senatobia, mississippi, four-wheel drive no help on these roads. another one nearly crashing into oncoming lanes. the deep freeze shutting down multiple interstates across the deep south, from louisiana to alabama, where there's a state of emergency in effect, to texas. >> if you don't have to be on the roads, please don't be on the roads. >> reporter: watch kevin quinn from our station ktrk getting ready to report from this crash when -- >> whoa, there's -- >> reporter: -- another truck careens down the same embankment, nearly crashing into other cars. further north on interstate 65, near bonneville, kentucky, multiple tractor trailers and a greyhound bus piling up. at least seven injured.
the icy conditions doing a number on airports, too. more than 1,500 flights canceled and thousands more delayed. >> gio with us live from the west side highway tonight. and gio, we know that authorities are warning about the dangerous driving overnight and right into the morning. >> reporter: that's right, david. that's when we're going to see the storm move along the coast from florida, all the way up to new england. in fact, north carolina's governor has just issued a state of emergency, so, no doubt, this is going to be a messy and dangerous commute. david? >> been a long winter already. gio, thank you. the mix of freezing rain and snow will make it very difficult for that commute in the morning, so, let's get right to chief meteorologist ginger zee tracking it again for us tonight. hey, ginger. >> reporter: believe it or not, david, schools closing again for places around houston, lsu is closed tomorrow, and you can see why, right along i-10 there, the gulf all the way up through say harrisburg, pennsylvania, snowing now. and those winter weather advisories stretch from florida to virginia to new hampshire. i chuckle because it's so deep
south that this snow is hitting again. if a place like mobile gets their second snow of the season, measurable, they haven't done that but once in recorded history. so, it's a big deal. and the east coast, interior could see six-plus inches, if you're just west of worcester. and the cold, it settles in. subzero wind chills for birmingham, alabama. >> all right, ginger zee with us. ginger, thank you. now to news coming in about the president's health. his doctor, before the cameras late today. the president's health, his weight, his diet and the cognitive test president trump asked for himself. here's abc's senior white house correspondent cecilia vega tonight. >> reporter: with questions swirling about his fitness for office, today president trump sent the white house physician out to face reporters, telling him to answer everything and hide nothing. >> absolutely, he's fit for duty. i think he will remain fit for duty for the remainder of this term and even for the remainder of another term, if he's elected. >> reporter: dr. ronny jackson said president trump himself requested a cognitive assessment to detect neurological impairment, something not usually part of a president's annual physical.
there have been reports that the president has forgotten names, that he's repeating himself. are you ruling out things like early onset alzheimer's? are you looking at dementia-like symptoms? >> yeah, it screens for all those things, it screens for any type of cognitive issues, alzheimer's and all those things. so, you know, the fact that the president got, you know, 30 out of 30 on that exam, i think that, you know, there's no indication whatsoever that he has any cognitive issues. and, you know, on a day-to-day basis, like i've said before, it's been my experience that the president, you know, the very sharp. >> reporter: at 71, president trump's biggest health risk, his weight. dr. jackson says he needs lose 10 to 15 pounds. our jon karl asking -- >> can you explain to me how a guy who eats mcdonald's, fried chicken and all those diet cokes and never exercises is in as good of shape as you say he's in? >> it's called genetics. i don't know. some people have great genes. >> good news for those of us who like a big mac every now and then. cecilia vega with us tonight from the white house. and cecilia, some pretty extraordinary moments. the doctor taking questions himself and bringing up that
cognitive test that the president asked for himself? >> reporter: yeah, david. the president very much wants to put an end to this narrative that he is unfit to serve. the doctor took questions for just under an hour. it was really extraordinary. and before this briefing started, the president called press secretary sarah sanders and asked her not to put an end to it until every last question was answered, david. >> all right, cecilia vega, our thanks to you. as you know, meantime, across town, the fireworks on capitol hill, heated words over immigration, the dreamers and the president's profane comments. in fact, the head of homeland security testifying under oath, grilled about why she could not specifically remember the president's words from the oval office. and how she answered when asked, "norway is a predominantly white country, isn't it?" abc's mary bruce on the hill tonight. >> reporter: in the oval office today, president trump tried to extinguish the racial firestorm he ignited, saying he welcomes all immigrants. >> i want them to come in from everywhere, everywhere. >> reporter: but on capitol hill, his dhs secretary kirstjen nielsen faced a barrage of
questions. she was in the room when sources say the president used a vulgar slur to describe african countries. >> you're under oath. did president trump use this word or a substantially similar word to describe certain countries? >> i did not hear that word used, no, sir. >> i'm not -- that's not the question. did he use anything similar to that describing certain countries? >> the conversation was very impassioned. i don't dispute that the president was using tough language. >> reporter: that answer didn't satisfy democratic senator dick durbin, who was also in the room with the president. >> what was that strong language? >> i -- apologies. i don't remember specific words. what i was struck with, frankly, as i'm sure you were, as well, was just the general profanity that was used in the room by almost everyone. >> reporter: but it's not just the specific word sparking outrage. according to senator durbin, president trump also asked why the u.s. couldn't take in more
immigrants from europe, norway in particular. >> what he was specifically referring to is the prime minister telling him that the people of norway work very hard. >> norway is a predominantly white country, isn't it? >> i -- i actually do not know that, sir, but i imagine that is the case. >> reporter: senator cory booker seething with anger and frustration. >> your silence and your amnesia is complicity. >> what do we want? >> freedom! >> when do we want it? >> now! >> reporter: the focus of the oval office showdown, a bipartisan plan to protect the nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought here as children. durbin says when the president's tone turned vulgar and racist, republican lindsey graham confronted him. >> and i think dick durbin has been one of the best people you could ever hope to work with. >> reporter: durbin and graham say the president seemed to be onboard with their plan, but then he changed his mind. >> if the president is watching, >> i'm still in the phonebook. don't give my number out, but call me.
this has turned into a s-show, and we need to get back to being a great country. >> reporter: later, graham blasted the mixed messages coming from the white house. >> what we need to do better is a reliable partner at the white house. we cannot do this with people in charge at the white house who have an irrational view of how to fix immigration. >> mary bruce with us live on the hill tonight. mary, the homeland security secretary was pressed on whether she had ever met with dreamers, had she ever met a dreamer herself. and what are the chances at this point of a government shutdown? >> reporter: david, the secretary says she has not yet met with any daca recipients. now, as for a shutdown, republicans are pushing for a short-term extension while democrats want to tie any action on dreamers to a must-pass spending bill. both sides are optimistic that they can come to an agreement, but bottom line, david, a shutdown here is a real possibility. >> all right, mary bruce on a long day on the hill for you, mary. thank you. one more image coming out on this topic, out of detroit.
it's making national headlines tonight. 39-year-old jorge garcia, a married father of two, sobbing as he was deported to mexico after living in the u.s. for nearly 30 years as a landscaper. brought here by family when he was just 10, garcia says he first tried to apply for legal status in 2005. supporters say he has no criminal record, not even a traffic ticket. immigration authorities ordering him to leave the country. to the russia investigation tonight, and stephen bannon has reportedly been subpoenaed by special counsel robert mueller. the report comes after the book "fire and fury," in which bannon said donald trump jr.'s meeting at trump tower was, quote, "treasonous." here's abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas tonight. >> reporter: tonight, steve bannon on the hot seat. "the new york times" reporting that the former white house chief strategist has been subpoenaed by the special counsel to appear before a grand jury. abc news has not independently confirmed this report, but today, bannon met with house investigators over comments he allegedly made in the book "fire and fury." >> obviously i have a lot of questions based on his comments
in the book. >> reporter: in the bombshell book, bannon allegedly calls don jr.'s infamous meeting at trump tower with the russians "treasonous," saying, "the chance that don jr. did not walk these jumos up to his father's office on the 26th floor is zero." and saying the investigation would cause don jr. to "crack like an egg on national tv." bannon also allegedly suggested that don jr., jared kushner and his former campaign chairman paul manafort might have engaged in money laundering. >> what's the basis for his assertion that the president met with the participants in the trump tower meeting, as well as his concerns over money laundering. >> reporter: tonight, the house intelligence committee issuing subpoenas for bannon for documents and more testimony after he allegedly refused to answer some questions. if mueller wants bannon to appear before a grand jury, our sources are telling us, it's because of that book. and what bannon allegedly said about that trump tower meeting and those allegations about money laundering. this investigation appears to be
far from over, david. >> pierre thomas with us tonight from washington. pierre, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. what we learned today about the flu and the mother of three, a marathon runner, who died 48 hours after coming down with the flu. also, the husband and wife murdered inside their home. police are asking for the public's help tonight. and the new video that they hope will help solve the mystery. that's coming up. gold medalist simone biles coming forward, just hours later, now today, the emotional testimony in that courtroom. and this question tonight. how could this happen again? just days after hawaii was thrown into panic, told a missile was coming, that it was not a drill, another false alarm. ♪ if you have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis,... ...isn't it time to let the real you shine through? maybe it's time for otezla (apremilast). otezla is not an injection or a cream. it's a pill that treats plaque psoriasis differently. with otezla, 75% clearer skin is achievable after just 4 months,...
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