Emotional Statements from Parents, Kids in Torture Case
- Author: Jon Douglas Apr 21, 2019,
Apr 21, 2019, 1:03
The couple pleaded in February to 14 charges, including cruelty and torture, in a deal prosecutors said would likely keep them in prison for the rest of their lives. ".I hope the very best for my children in the future".
"My parents took my whole life from me, but now I'm taking my whole life back", a daughter said in court. "But now I'm taking my life back".
"I'm a fighter, I'm strong and I'm shooting through life like a rocket", she said, as her mother cried and wiped tears from her eyes. "I can not describe in words what we went through".
"Sometimes I still have nightmares of things that happened such as my siblings being chained up or getting beaten", he said as his voice cracked.
"But", he added, "that is the past and this is now". I'm going to get a job as a software engineer and go to school part-time to get my master's degree. "In June of previous year, I learned how to ride a bike and ever since then I have been hooked and ride it everywhere", he said, adding that has learned how to swim, eat healthy, and prepare a balanced meal. He has also learned, he said, to advocate for himself.
Some of the victims also expressed forgiveness to their parents.
Next, the eldest Turpin son, 26, delivered an impact statement on behalf of one of his sisters who said she "love (s) both my parents so much".
David and Louise Turpin were sentenced Friday during an emotional hearing that saw some of the children speak publicly about the abuse for the first time.
Louise Turpin spoke for herself, saying, "I'm sorry for everything I've done to hurt my children". But within minutes of "Jane Doe 4" stepping down from the stand her mother was smiling and laughing in conversation with her lawyer.
As her children spoke from a lectern, 50-year-old Louise Turpin sobbed and dabbed her eyes with tissues. They hadn't seen a doctor in years. "Maybe they'll enter the military and protect our country", Schwartz said.
Some of the adult siblings' growth had been so severely stunted by starvation that authorities at first mistook them for children.
"Their lives have been permanently altered in their ability to learn, grow and thrive".
"To the extent that they do thrive ... it will be not because of you both, but in spite of you both", Schwartz said.
The deputies testified that all the children aside from the toddler suffered years of abuse, torture and imprisonment: They were only allowed one meal per day.
Some were left mentally impaired and so malnourished they appeared years young than their real age.
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.
She also said her father pulled her trousers down when she was 12 years old and pulled her onto his lap.
Further investigations revealed the siblings were restrained by ropes and later chains as a form of punishment.
Some of the 13 children who were starved and shackled to their beds by their parents in a so-called "House of Horrors" near Los Angeles have spoken out at the couple's sentencing hearing.
Some of the siblings appeared to lack basic knowledge of the world, being unfamiliar with what medicine and police were.
He said the pair were facing 25 years in prison.
The Turpin children planned an escape for over two years, according to reports. She grabbed a deactivated cellphone found in the house and fled through a window before she called police.