The seven adult siblings who were allegedly tortured and starved by their parents in their California home are reportedly learning how to play guitar as they recover from years of neglect and abuse.
Mark Uffer, chief executive officer of Corona Regional Medical Center, recently told People that the adult Turpin siblings are receiving treatment. The younger children are being cared for at another facility.
“They are doing well—I think they are making progress,” he said.
Uffer mentioned that some of the adult siblings have taken an interest in music and have been playing with acoustic guitars donated to them by Fender Guitars in Corona. The siblings have engaged in a sing-along since getting the instruments, he said.
“I have actually gone over and showed them some chords and they loved that,” Uffer told the magazine, adding that they can play some John Denver and Tom Petty songs.
“Music is very soothing and a great hobby…it takes you to a quiet, soothing place.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Riverside police arrested David and Louise Turpin on January 15 for allegedly withholding food from their 13 children in addition to limiting their bathroom use and allowing them to only shower once a year.
The couple’s 17-year-old daughter reportedly escaped the Perris home through a window and used a deactivated cell phone to call 911. The teen allegedly told officers that her parents were holding her and her 12 siblings captive and presented pictures that corroborated her story.
Authorities said the Turpin children, who range in age from 2 to 29, have suffered physical and cognitive impairments due to the years of neglect.
Each held on $12 million bail, David and Louise Turpin have pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including torture, abuse of a dependent adult, child abuse, and false imprisonment. They are scheduled to appear in court on February 23.
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