The 13 Turpin siblings rescued from a “house of horrors” in southern California are now enjoying newfound freedoms after being released from the two hospitals they were being treated at. All but the 2-year-old amidst the 13 children and young adults — ages 2 to 29 — were allegedly tortured, starved, neglected, shackled, and kept in social isolation for the majority of their lives.
After police arrived at the home on Jan. 14 and arrested their parents, the six children and seven adult kids have been undergoing physical and psychological treatment at two Riverside-area hospitals to treat the effects of long-term malnutrition, inadequate knowledge about normal life, and the inability to make their own decisions.
Now, two months later, they’ve finally been released. According to a CNN source on Monday, the siblings have been split up to some degree. Because no one had been approved to take care of all six children, the two youngest are at one foster home and the older four are at another.
The seven adult siblings, according to ABC News, have been taken to an undisclosed rural home and are being supervised by a public guardian and their attorney. The siblings are enjoying watching popular movies for the first time and chatting with each other on Skype. They have expressed a desire to spend time outdoors and are learning how to make basic daily decisions for themselves.
They also say they want to succeed in the world. According to earlier reports, the siblings’ long-term goals are to complete their educations and land jobs so they can support themselves.
"On behalf of all of us at CRMC, we wish these brave siblings continued strength as they take the next steps in their journey," said CEO Mark Uffer of the Corona Regional Medical Center.
According to CNN’s source, "Their education was nonexistent. The 17-year-old, who escaped, has a first-grade level education," adding that their homeschool education was “a sham.”
Their lawyer, Jack Osborn, said, “The adult siblings want to be known as survivors, not victims. They're joyful, warm, considerate. It's not all about them. They want to hear what's going on with you and me and my family. It's just really fun. It's fun to be around them. Of course, they're really full of joy about their life and the things they get to experience right now."
According to US Weekly, he added, “They want to do things for themselves and they want to start having independent lives where they’re responsible for themselves. That’s the goal and that’s what everyone is working toward.”
We’re rooting for them, too! In other news, there is breaking news about a reality TV star charged in the death of a U.S. service member.