Published: Fri, April 19, 2019

Call Released from Teen Who Fled the California "House of Horrors"

Call Released from Teen Who Fled the California

"I don't know what medication is", she says at one point, adding that "we don't really do schools".

When they were rescused from the house, 12 of the 13 kids were malnourished, sexually abused, and physically abused. His attorney read his statement, in which the father expressed hope for his children's success and said he hopes they remain close because their mother and father will not be with them.

Louise Turpin spoke for herself, saying, "I'm sorry for everything I've done to hurt my children".

David Turpin's parents, James and Betty Turpin of West Virginia, have said their son and daughter-in-law were a deeply religious couple who home-schooled their children and required them to memorize Bible scripture. "But now I'm taking my life back". The teen said she hadn't been to a doctor in five years and had never been to a dentist in her life. "I fought to become the person that I am", one of the daughters said. Additionally, prosecutors dropped eight counts of perjury and one count of lewd acts on a minor against David Turpin, while a single count of assault resulting in great bodily injury was stripped from the complaint against Louise Turpin.

They were arrested in January 2018 after their 17-year-old daughter Jordan managed to escape from the home and call 911 to report that her parents were abusive and some of her siblings were chained to their beds.

The children, whose ages range from 3 to 30, are in the care of county Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services staff.

The victims were forbidden to shower a couple of times a year, were unable to use the toilet and none of them had ever seen a dentist.

The Turpins pleaded guilty to the abuse of all but one of their 13 children for at least nine years.

The couple also were accused of taunting their children with pies and other food that they were forbidden to eat.

Some of the adult siblings' growth had been so severely stunted by starvation that authorities at first mistook them for children. I love my children so much.

The abuse was uncovered a year ago when one of the couple's 13 children jumped out a window and called 911. Majority were hospitalized in January of a year ago for treatment, but they were later placed in undisclosed residential facilities, according to county officials. He also tried to kiss her on the mouth several times, she said.

The victims told investigators that being tied with ropes was initially a form of punishment.

Carola Spiegel, who has worked with the children, said: "It was the first time they saw it".

And after years of isolation, Hestrin said, the children seemed to "lack a basic knowledge of life". He said that the girl admitted "being scared to death" about fleeing her home, but felt desperate to get out and leapt from an open window. The children were forbidden to shower a couple of times a year and none had ever seen a dentist.

David and Louise Turpin pleaded guilty to 14 felony counts, including one count of torture, four counts of false imprisonment, six counts of cruelty to a dependent and three counts of willful child cruelty.

The plea deal, which calls for additional charges against both spouses to be dropped, means they will spend the rest of their lives in prison unless granted parole after a mininum of 25 years behind bars.

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