— The parents of 13 siblings who were allegedly held in captivity in their family's Southern California home were charged Thursday with committing years of torture and abuse that left their children malnourished, undersized and with cognitive impairments."Severe, emotional, physical abuse," Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said in announcing numerous charges against David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49.
Another sibling escaped with her but turned back out of fear.
Hestrin said all 13 victims were severely malnourished and as a result some have cognitive impairment and a lack of basic knowledge.
"They were not allowed to have toys, although there were many toys found in the house that were in their original package and had never been opened," he said.
The one thing the children were allowed to do was write in journals, and investigators were reviewing hundreds of them to gather evidence, Hestrin said.
The vulnerable girl might have been shamed, beaten or threatened with violence and only after many missed opportunities did she probably work up the courage to act, Perry said.
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The Turpins have lived in two Riverside County communities since moving to California, and police said they were never called to either home, nor were any reports fielded by child protective services.
It's not clear what motivated the Turpins to live a secluded life with their large brood or what went on in the house.
"They were just like any ordinary family," said Betty Turpin, the 81-year-old mother of David Turpin. Betty Turpin said her son told her he had so many kids because God wanted him to. Over the years, the Lord knows what happened."James Turpin said during their visit, "they all looked to me well-adjusted. They were joyous to see us."He said they were dealing with social workers in attempting to connect with their grandkids, who are hospitalized as they recover from their yearslong ordeal.
She said her son shared her Pentecostal Christian faith but he wasn't affiliated with a church in California. On Wednesday, authorities searched the couple's current home in Perris, 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
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