Couple jailed 25 years for torture, abuse of their children

Saul Bowman
April 20, 2019

"Unless a parole board. decides they should be released, they will serve the rest of their life in prison", Hestrin said. They are still thin from years of malnutrition. "Some of us have asked for jobs and they said that would never happen". But that is the past and this is now.

It's not clear if any children will attend the sentencing, but they will be offered a chance to speak or can offer written statements to be read in court.

The sentence came 15 months after the Turpins were arrested on January 14, 2018 and a day after an audio tape was released to the public of the 911 call made by the Turpin's then 17-year-old daughter who escaped their house and blew open the high-profile abuse case.

The children - ages 2 to 29 - had been chained to beds, forced to live in squalor, fed only once a day, allowed to shower only once a year and deprived of toys and games. They suffered severe muscle wasting and two of the girls won't be able to bear children, the Daily Mail reported.

David and Louise Turpin already pleaded guilty to horrific acts against 12 of their 13 children, including torture.

'I don't know much about my mother.

The seven adults are living in a house together, learning how to navigate the outside world. "I only want the best for them".

Sheriff's Deputy Manuel Campos testified in a preliminary hearing about his interview with the initial escapee, recalling how the girl's hair was filthy and her skin was caked with dirt.

"Maybe but for that we wouldn't be here today", he said.


Walsvick testified that when he spoke to the oldest son, then-26-year- old Joshua Turpin, the victim revealed how he and his siblings were locked inside cages if their parents became angry with them.

In February, the couple pleaded guilty to 14 felony counts each of torture, dependent adult abuse, child endangerment, and false imprisonment.

"Life may have been bad, but it made me strong". I fought to become the person I am. I saw my dad change my mom. They nearly changed me, but I realized what was happening. I long for the opportunity to have contact with them again'. Other than an occasional family trip to Las Vegas or Disneyland, they rarely left the home.

"I just want to thank them for teaching me about God and faith..." Jordan stated in the call that she and her siblings don't "do school", despite her mother allegedly telling people her children went to private school.

The horrors within the home were concealed behind a veneer of suburban normalcy in a middle-class section of Perris, a small city about 60 miles (96 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles.

If not for the bravery of a 17-year-old girl, her imprisoned siblings might have never been found. I am so proud of each and every one of my children. But when one victim escaped, the parents started using chains and padlocks to shackle some of the children to beds. Investigators concluded that the couple's youngest child, a toddler, was the only one who was not abused.

David had worked as an engineer for both Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, while his wife Louise was listed as a housewife in a 2011 bankruptcy filing.

The teenage daughter who escaped jumped from a window. After a lifetime living in isolation, the 17-year-old did not know her address, the month of the year or what the word "medication" meant.

And while the parents filed paperwork to homeschool the children, their education is limited.

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