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'House of horrors' teen's secret YouTube videos uploaded before escape

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Melinda Barton | 07 March, 2018, 20:59

The Turpins' 17-year-old daughter - one of the 12 siblings allegedly kept captive - produced and posted self-made videos to YouTube under an alias.

The videos, released by the USA show Good Morning America (GMA), show the teenager singing mostly original songs to the camera, and according to GMA the most recent video was released just one week before she escaped via a window and alerted authorities, who rescued her remaining siblings. "You blame me for everything, you blame me in every way, you blame me for what they say, what they say", the song goes.

She also posted videos of her interacting with two Maltese-mix breeds.

"Inside Edition" also reported on the story, showing several clips from the channel with the girl's face and identity concealed, as she is a minor.

However, as "Inside Edition" noted, there is a brief shot of a massive pile of dirty clothes in the corner of the room, which could have signaled things were not as they seemed in the home.

Prosecutors last week added three counts of child abuse against both suspects and one new account of assault against Louise Turpin, according to the Desert Sun. The accounts contains selfies of the teen and pictures of pop star Justin Bieber. The teen allegedly uploaded her most recent video one week before her parents David and Louise Turpin were arrested for enslaving and starving their 13 children, reported People. When authorities probed the residence they reported the home stunk of human waste. The eldest victim - a 29-year-old woman - weighed only 82 pounds when rescued.

The couple's youngest child, aged two, was believed to have not been abused or malnourished when she was rescued alongside her siblings. MORE: Perris neighbors describe past odd behavior, interactions with familyAccording to investigators, the abuse went on for so long that the children's growth was stunted.

Both pleaded not guilty when they appeared in court in January, and their attorneys vowed to fight all charges. Authorities set bail at $9 million for the parents after a 17-year-old girl escaped the house on Sunday and called 911 using a cellphone found inside.

David and Louise Turpin were arrested in January, accused of abusing 12 of their children, including in some cases allegedly forcing them to shower only once a year, shackling them and beating them routinely, prosecutors said.

Authorities also allege that the Turpins only fed their children one meal a day and only let them shower once a year.

Last week, Jack Osborn, whose law firm is representing the seven adult Turpin children are enjoying popular movies, food and modern technology.