A court order is barring David and Louise Turpin from having any communication with their 13 children as the couple faces charges related to alleged starving, abuse, and torture. But do the children actually want zero contact with their accused parents?
The Turpin parents are facing a mountain of evidence and reports suggesting that their four Texas and California homes were nightmarish torture chambers cut off from the outside world. Their 13 children — ages 2 to 29 — are still undergoing treatment for physical and psychological damage.
One long-term kidnapping survivor is arguing, though, that it would be important for the kids and young adults to confront their parents and speak to them in person. Now Dr. Phil McGraw of “The Dr. Phil Show” is saying that the children may actually want to go back to their parents.
“What people sometimes don’t realize is, to the children, these parents are love objects to them,” Dr. Phil explained. “They look up to them. They love these parents. So many of these children right now might be missing their mother and father.”
Dr. Charles Sophy, the medical director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children & Family Services, agreed, saying, “[The people handling this case] try to keep the siblings grouped together because they’re being ripped away from — believe it or not — the people they love.”
Watch that clip from “The Dr. Phil Show,” as presented by Inside Edition:
Another woman who suffered from being held captive at a young age had a message for the Turpin children and acknowledged the bond that remains. She gave it via a video link on “The Dr. Phil Show.”
For more than a decade, a young woman and two teen girls were kidnapped and held captive inside the home of Ariel Castro in Cleveland, Ohio. They were rescued in 2013 after one woman escaped with her six-year-old daughter, who had been born in captivity. Michelle Knight, now 36, was one of those victims.
“It’s going to take them a minute for them to trust anybody again,” Knight explained. “Just being able to be in society and living as a normal person, it’s going to be a lot of hard work and they’re going to need a lot of support.”
“I know they’re definitely going to have a difficult time separating away from their parents because that’s all they know,” she added.
Please pray for the Turpin siblings as they go through these massive life changes! In related news, a former neighbor of the Turpins once described a disturbing encounter with the oldest daughter.