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'House of Horrors' couple 'tortured kids' but cared for pet dogs

David Louise Turpin_FT_Worth_TX_Home_CBS11 California couple charged with torture scheduled for court hearing
Melinda Barton | 20 January, 2018, 03:58

Police found her siblings, some of them allegedly shackled to furniture, inside their dark and "foul-smelling" home.

The 13 siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were removed from the Perris "house of horrors" this week after having been allegedly starved, shackled and tortured.

An official with knowledge of the case told NBC News that the four-bedroom home where they lived was like a prison and reeked of urine. Neighbours who were ferrying young children to school would not have met the Turpin children there. As soon as their conditions improve, psychologists are expected to be brought in to evaluate them.

Shocked cops said they were only allowed one meal a day and just two showers each year, which caused them to be underdeveloped and stunted.

"I'm going to talk with the children, find out the real story on this as soon as I can get a call through to them", James Turpin told The Associated Press. It's hard to believe all of this.

"If it had been like two years ago that she cut us off, then we might think, wow, something's not right". They were so malnourished the older ones still looked like children. (We) kept them in church.

When authorities went to the house, the mother appeared "perplexed" on why they were there, according to Fellows.

Expand | Collapse (Photo: Facebook) Randy Turpin, president of Valor Christian College in Ohio. "Under California law, the CDE does not have the authority to monitor, inspect or oversee private schools".

Niederhaus said there were no police reports about the family in Rio Vista.

"We remember them as a very nice couple", Mr Trahan said, adding that Louise Turpin told him the family loved Disneyland and visited often. "They were just like any ordinary family". "But someone who has experienced these things for 20-some years of their life will have a lot of learning to do about what relationships are like, what the world is like, how they're supposed to be treated". I'm not just saying this stuff. "They were "sweetie" this and "sweetie" that to each other".

The California couple is charged with 12 counts of torture, seven counts of abuse of a dependent adult, six counts of child abuse, and 12 counts of false imprisonment.

Bankruptcy records show the Turpins bought the double wide in 2004, five years after they settled in Hill County. So other than maybe like a call every once in a while, and sometimes those calls are like a year apart.

"It kinda pissed me off because he's shooting toward the road", Vinyard said.

"We were all like a part of their nightmare", he said, fighting back tears.

She explained that she lived with her sister and her family for a few months when she was in college.

Cans of Vienna sausages rolled off the bed of a Ford pickup that the family left behind, and diapers covered the floor of the double wide, the neighbor said.

Abbey Kanzer, a clinical psychologist at the Center for Victims of Torture in St. Paul, Minnesota, said recovery can take years but there is hope in even the most horrific cases.

In the short term, the children will be placed in foster care, she said. It's an extreme cult experience", Breggin said, adding, "We're basically made of the people around us. "He never touched me or anything".