It’s been a week and a half since law enforcement officers removed 13 siblings from a southern California home after a 17-year-old girl escaped and told authorities that she and her siblings were being starved, tortured, and held in captivity. Now the possible fate of the six Turpin children and seven young adults is being revealed.
Their parents, David and Louise Turpin, are facing 75 charges of endangerment, abuse, and torture after they were arrested at the Perris, California home on Jan. 14. According to police, they only allowed their kids — ages 2 to 29 — to eat once a day and shower once a year, forcing them to live in a filthy, dangerous environment. They also reportedly punished their kids severely, sometimes chaining them up for weeks or months at a time.
According to Hollywood Life, the two groups of siblings have been treated in separate medical facilities, one for children and one for adults. All the children and all the adults are together, but the two groups have not yet been reunited.
A spokesperson for Riverside University Health System said, “In an effort to protect the children and their identities, I can’t tell you what is being done to ensure their health, but what I can tell you is that we continue to provide the best care to them and we have a number of partners who we are working with who have been of big help in providing the necessary physical, emotional and educational help to these children.”
Only the youngest child, a 2-year-old, was found healthy when police raided the home. As for who suffered the most physical damage, it appears to be the seven adults, who have felt the lifelong effects of malnourishment, stunting their growth. The oldest sibling, a 29-year-old girl, weighed only 82 pounds when she was found — about the average weight of an 11-year-old girl.
Prosecutors in the case say the adult kids also have brain and nerve damage. Their treatment is expected to go on in some form for years.
Now, according to CBS News sources, the six children will be split up between two foster homes despite their desire to stay together. The seven adults, on the other hand, will be sent to an assisted living facility. Even though they’re adults, Riverside County will have conservatorship over them.
According to the California Superior Court, conservatorship is used to watch over “impaired adults, most often older people. Adults who are developmentally disabled or the victims of a catastrophic illness or accident also may have a conservatorship.”
Please pray for the 13 siblings as they go through their treatments and adjust to their new lives! In other news, a judge has thrown the book at Larry Nassar, the USA Gymnastics doctor sentenced for molesting young gymnasts and Olympians.