Turpin children read statements during sentencing of parents

Saturday, 20 Apr, 2019

The courageous and desperate act by the teenager to blow the lid off Louise and David Turpin's house of horrors can be heard in a 20-minute conversation with an emergency call dispatcher.

For punishment, the parents often shackled their children to their beds. "I don't know what medication is", she says at one point, adding that "we don't really do schools. I am a fighter, I am strong and I am shooting through life like a rocket", the 30-year-old daughter continued. "They decide where they're going to go, what they're going to study", Osborn said. "Sometimes I wake up and can't breathe because of how dirty the house is".

Nevertheless, he said he was doing well today and is in college working toward a software engineering degree and said he still loved his parents.

"Since January, I have learned so much and become very independent".

"I'm sorry for everything I've done to hurt my children".

The 17-year-old girl who escaped had previously uploaded videos of herself singing on to YouTube.

Some of the victims also expressed forgiveness to their parents. "They believed everything they did was to protect us".

"I never intended for any harm to come to my children", David Turpin told the court in the city of Riverside.

What is not known, is if any of the Turpin children will speak during sentencing. "But I love my parents and have forgiven them". "I miss all of our children and I will be praying for them".

David Turpin broke down in tears as he tried to address the court.

"My homeschooling discipline had good intentions".

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

Superior Court Judge Bernard Schwartz told the Turpins their children's lives had been permanently altered, by their "selfish, cruel and inhumane" actions.

In exchange for their admissions, the Riverside County District Attorney's Office dropped 11 counts of torture, seven counts of false imprisonment and five counts of child abuse against the pair.

Back in January of 2018, a "house of horrors" was exposed after one of thirteen abused children fled the home to make a 911 call, which officially put an end to decades of abuse at the hands of their parents.

If not for the bravery of a 17-year-old girl, her imprisoned siblings might have never been found.

"My parents are abusive". A 22-year-old son was chained to a bed and two girls had just been set free from their shackles. After 20 minutes on the phone call with the dispatcher, the deputy arrived to Jordan.

The couple's children range in age from two to 29.

The teen reported to police that her parents were holding her 12 brothers and sisters hostage.

"Sometimes I still have nightmares such as my siblings being chained up getting beaten", he said. "We don't take baths".

"I hope and pray that my children can look out for each other since their mother and father cannot be there with them". 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.

All the children were hospitalized immediately after they were discovered and have not spoken publicly.

Only the youngest child, who was 2 at the time, did not appear starved and mistreated.

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

Hestrin cited that consideration as part of the reason a deal was reached.

"We needed to determine whether proceeding to trial was worth having the victims testify in this case that has received worldwide media attention".

"Through the years, things became more and more overwhelming, but they kept trusting in God", the girl wrote "I remember our mother sitting in her recliner and crying, saying she don't know what to do".