David and Louise Turpin facing additional charges over California 'house of horrors'

26 February, 2018, 09:28 | Author: Julian Swanson
  • David and Louise Turpin allegedly kept 13 victims confined in filthy conditions in Perris home

Almost six weeks after the siblings were rescued from the family's "house of horrors" in Perris, California, the six underage siblings have been discharged to live in two foster care homes, while the seven adult children continue to recover at the Corona Regional Medical Center. When police officers stormed into the house, freeing the remaining chained Turpin children, the captives had no concept of what a police officer was.

The seven adult Turpin children are now recovering at a medical center in Corona, California, according to their lawyers. There, they have an open outdoor area to play sports and exercise. Now, the adult children are learning for the first time to make their own decisions. Participating restaurants in Corona, Riverside and Redlands agreed to donate a percentage of their sales back to the victims and raised over $180,000 for the children, KABC reported.

"That in itself is a new experience for them, understanding that they do have rights and they do have a voice", he said.

The adult children are excited by the prospect of getting to go to the beach, the mountains and the movies. "And that people are going to listen to them", Jack Osborn says.

Osborn says the siblings all have their own aspirations and interests.

He said the seven older children have begun considering their futures, and some are hoping to go to college.

Spiegel described the young adult victims as "so loving and warm and affectionate", and said they appreciate the "things we take for granted".

The seven, who range in age from 18 to 29, were among 13 children found starving and shackled to beds while being held captive inside David and Louise Turpin's filthy home.

Years of malnourishment and mistreatment - which included taunting the kids with delicious fruit pies placed just out of reach - stunted their growth and even caused cognitive impairment and nerve damage, prosecutors said.

Afterward, David and Louise Turpin of Perris each re-entered not guilty pleas to all charges.

The Riverside County District Attorney's Office filed an amended felony complaint - the document that lays out the charges - but that complaint had not been made public as of midday Friday.

The Turpins were arrested on January 14 at their home in Perris, California, about 113 km east of Los Angeles, after an emaciated teenage girl climbed out of a window of the house and called police. The father also pleaded not guilty on one charge of a lewd act to a child.

David and Louise Turpin pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of torture child abuse and false imprisonment.

Defence lawyers have told the court they were sceptical they could be ready to proceed with a preliminary hearing in the case in May because of the amount of evidence turned over by prosecutors.

Both defendants are jailed in lieu of $15.3 million bail until trial and prohibited from contacting their children.

Some "didn't really know what a toothbrush was used for", she said.

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