California authorities those wanting to donate to the 13 children rescued from the alleged “House of Horrors” that any GoFundMe accounts set up to take donations for the family are scams.
ABC7 reports that California Child Protective Services received over a thousand calls from people wanting to help the 13 Turpin siblings who were removed from the parents’ Perris home last Monday after police said they were malnourished and neglected. Authorities found several of the siblings, ranging in ages from 2 to 29, shackled to furniture inside the foul-smelling home while lying in their own feces and urine.
One of the siblings, a teen girl, escaped the home with a cellphone and contacted police. She provided photos of the conditions inside the home and told authorities her siblings were being held captive. Her parents, David and Louise Turpin, are now behind bars facing numerous felony charges, including torture and child abuse.
Authorities took the siblings to local hospitals, where the majority of them are being treated for severe malnourishment. Medical professionals indicated that the victims will like need years of therapy.
The Corona Chamber of Congress, working with the Riverside University Health Center Foundation and the Corona Regional Medical Center, set up an official fundraising account for anyone wanting to donate to the siblings. At this time, clothing, games, and hygiene items donations have been met, but monetary donations are still being accepted. Visit the official site by clicking here.
If you’ve already donated to a GoFundMe fundraiser for the Turpin siblings and want to report it, refer to Reporting a GoFundMe.
[Feature Photo: Turpin Family/Handout]