The siblings rescued from deplorable conditions inside their parents’ home are reportedly now resting and engaging in some of the behavior they missed out on while trapped in what has been described as a house of horrors.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, David and Louise Turpin were arrested on suspicion of torture after their 13 children — ages 2 to 29 — were found in a Southern California home living under strict and severe conditions.
“They weren’t allowed to watch TV. They weren’t allowed to have friends over — the normal things that kids do,” said Teresa Robinette, the siblings’ aunt, in an interview.
Authorities say those restrictions have been lifted now that they are under the care and supervision of professionals.
According to a People report, Corona Regional Medical Center CEO Mark Uffer said the seven adult siblings admitted to that facility have been watching television and playing video games.
They have also reportedly had certain foods re-introduced into their diet after living under starvation conditions.
As the New York Post reported, authorities indicate that when the siblings were recovered, even the adults were so malnourished that they initially appeared to be children.
Even in the hospital, Uffer said that staff members have been inclined to refer to them as kids.
“As I have talked to the nurses — some are the same ages as some of these people — I think everyone of us has a sense of how fortunate we are in our lives that we never have had to endure what they have had to endure,” he said. “It is a very sobering experience to see.”
[Louise Anna Turpin and David Allen Turpin/Riverside County Sheriff’s Department]