US Parents Who Tortured & Starved 13 Children Sentenced To Life In Prison

US Parents Who Tortured & Starved 13 Children Sentenced To Life In Prison

Kerry Wise
April 21, 2019

A 22-year-old son was discovered chained to a bed. The house was also filthy and reeked of human waste.

Jack Osborn, an attorney representing the adult Turpin children, told NBC's "Today" before the parents pleaded guilty that none of the victims were looking forward to that prospect. They hadn't seen a doctor in years. They weren't allowed to play.

He said the girl described being forced to sleep 20 hours a day and in the middle of the night eating a combination of lunch and dinner that most often consisted of peanut butter sandwiches, chips and microwaved food. Investigators found the toddler had not been abused, but all of the children had to be treated in hospital after they were discovered. What's more, all 13 children had diminished mental capacity, according to a source close to the investigation.

The case came to light past year when one of the children escaped through a window from the couple's home and called the emergency services.

"We don't really do school".

She said she lives independently and "life is great".

Before their 17-year-old daughter escaped from the home in a middle-class section of the city of Perris, about 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles, the Turpins had lived largely out of view.

Authorities arrived at the home in January 2018 and were shocked by what they saw. The children were hospitalized and then split up into foster care.

A Southern California couple who pleaded guilty to locking up and abusing 12 of their 13 children for years, as well as some of the victims, made their first public comments Friday during an emotion-charged hearing where the parents were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. Their house in Perris, pictured below, was kept neat from the outside, giving neighbors no indication of the horrors within.

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"My parents took my whole life from me, but now I'm taking my life back". Life may have been bad, but it made me strong. I fought to become the person that I am. They nearly changed me, but I realized what was happening.

"The defendants ruined lives, so I think it's just and fair that the sentence be equivalent to first-degree murder", District Attorney Mike Hestrin said at the time of the plea. However, he still struggles emotionally. In June of a year ago I learned how to ride a bike and ever since then I've been hooked and ride it everywhere, such as to school, the store, or sometimes I just go on long rides because I enjoy it so much. "Sometimes I still have nightmares of things that had happened, such as my siblings being chained up or getting beaten", he said. "But that is the past, and this is now".

Some of the children say they're ready to visit their parents while others say don't want any contact.

They were sentenced after two of the children read out statements to the court.

David and Louise Turpin, sitting just a metre apart and separated only by a lawyer, barely looked at each other.

The shocking case made news early previous year, when one of the Turpin children escaped and made a 911 call that would lead to the rescue of her siblings.

"I'm sorry for everything I've done to hurt my children". ".I hope the very best for my children in the future".

The siblings "lacked a basic knowledge of life" when they were recovered from the Turpin residence, prosecutors said. I never meant any harm to come to my children.

"I want them to know that Mom and Dad are going to be OK". I am so proud of each and every one of my children. If they receive parole it will be for life, and if violated they will spend the rest of their lives in prison.