California couple accused of starving, torturing 13 siblings had "healthy" dogs
- Author: Anthony Vega Jan 27, 2018,
Jan 27, 2018, 16:44
Each parent faces 94 years to life in prison if convicted on more than two dozen charges including torture, child abuse and false imprisonment in a case that has shocked the nation and prompted calls for greater supervision of home schooling.
"One of the reasons for the punishments were if the children were found to wash their hands above the wrist area, they were accused of playing in the water, and they would be chained up", Hestrin said, noting the siblings were allowed to shower no a few times a year. "Being molested, watching my mom being beaten and raped and being abused myself as a child combined to cause the fear of people, especially men".
Horrifying allegations have emerged by the children of Louise and David Turpin.
David and Louise Turpin pleaded not guilty to charges that include torture and child endangerment. The Turpins have denied all charges. Meanwhile, their children are now being hospitalized for malnutrition and - for some - cognitive impairment from physical abuse.
One 12-year-old boy is reportedly so malnourished his weight was that of an average seven-year-old, and a 29-year-old daughter weighs just under six stone.
He said the Turpins allowed their children to shower just once a year.
Prosecutors said the Turpin parents starved and tormented the children by putting apple and pumpkin pies on the kitchen counter, but not letting them have any. They also taunted them with new toys they were not allowed to touch.
A rift between Louise's parents over their respective actions led to a split two years after the events.
Both Turpin family dogs were found in good health.
The pair sped across the country to Texas before they were caught by police and brought home.
Police found that some of the children had been shackled to their beds and were being held in "a foul-smelling room".
The parents of the siblings, David and Louise Turpin, are due to appear before a judge in California.
"She used to say how the would be ideal for TV and would often mention they would be bigger than reality show Kate Plus 8". The whole family have asked for 20 years to be able to Skype them.
Some of the children would be chained for weeks or months at a time and wouldn't be freed to use the bathroom, he said. Investigators said the siblings had been so malnourished that the older ones still looked like children. The girl told dispatchers her 12 siblings were in need of help, and when deputies arrived, she presented them with photographs documenting conditions inside the residence, the captain said. Typically, they aim "to identify relatives who are able to provide care, as long as they pass background checks and are suitable and stable", but as of Tuesday, no relatives had come forward.
It is not known whether her sister Louise experienced the same traumatic childhood. Furthermore, County District Attorney Mike Hestrin says that the children lack basic knowledge about life- one child did not know what a police officer was and another did not know what pills or medication were.
Police are hoping that these secret diaries will hold clues and "powerful evidence" on what really went on inside the "house of horrors".