Fuat Çatpınar and Nazlı Çatpınar, two Turkish citizen and the parents of three children aged 1, 3, 5, have been held in a prison in Düzce province over their alleged links to Turkey’s Gülen group, which is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a coup attempt in July 2016.

According to pro-Kurdish HDP Deputy Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, the three kids are currently with their mother in the Düzce prison and only be released if the mother is released pending trial at the next hearing.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people. Following the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group, initiating a widespread purge aimed at cleansing members of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.

There are more than 17,000 women and over 500 kids in Turkish prisons.

In several cases, women were detained in the hospital immediately after the delivery of her baby and before they had a chance to recover. Many women were jailed as they were visiting their imprisoned husbands, leaving the children stranded in the ensuing chaos.