The sister of the California mother accused of holding her 13 children captive in a filthy home accused the children’s father of watching her shower when she briefly lived with the family.
Appearing on Good Morning America, Elizabeth Jane Flores, 41, said she lived with David and Louise Turpin for a few months when she was in college. At that time, the Turpins had four children and the oldest sibling was in elementary school.
Authorities said the couple has lived in Perris, California, since 2014 and had previously lived in Marietta, California, and in Texas, according to Good Morning America.
Flores said she didn’t see any evidence of abuse when she lived there but described the parents as being “really strict.” She also claimed that the couple treated her like a child and that she was made to follow the same rules the other children were subjected to.
“Now that I’m an adult, I look back, I see things that I didn’t see then,” Flores said.
The aunt went on to recall how peculiar her brother-in-law acted when she lived with them.
“He did things that made me feel uncomfortable,” she of David during Wednesday’s appearance.
“If I were to get in the shower, he would come in there while I was in there and watch me, and it was like a joke. He never touched me or anything.”
This is the second time Flores has spoken out since her sister’s arrest. Yesterday, she told the Daily Mail that the couple never allowed her to speak or see the children.
“My parents booked several flights to go see them but when they got there they wouldn’t tell them where to go and my parents left crying every time. They died before they got to see them again,” she told the tabloid.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Riverside County police got involved on Monday after a 17-year-old girl reportedly fled the Perris home and called for help. The teen told officers that she and her 12 siblings were being held captive in the squalid home.
“Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house, but were shocked to discover that 7 of them were actually adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29,” police said in a statement. “The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty.”
David, 57, and Louise, 49, are charged with torture and child endangerment. They are each being held on $9 million bail.
[Featured Image: Elizabeth Jane Flores/Good Morning America video screengrab]