Louise Turpin, the Perris, California, mother accused of starving and torturing her 13 children, believes she hadn’t done anything wrong and claimed that she would be getting out of jail, her sister alleged.
On Tuesday, Elizabeth Flores told Good Morning Britain that her jailed sister is “living in LaLa land” as she somehow convinced herself that she’s innocent of what she’s being accused of. Flores said that Louise is so delusional that she believes she’s going to get out and play board games with her like they did when they were kids.
Flores also described David Turpin as being “broken” over the serious allegations. Flores’ cousin, Tricia Andreassen, added that there was a stark difference between David and Louise’s dispositions during last week’s jail visit.
“Then we went and saw David and he was just sobbing. He would sob like his shoulders would shake up and down … when mentioned about his parents and his brother and not seeing them,” she said.
“I said I don’t know all the things you’ve done and he said, ‘It will come out’.”
Flores went on to claim that she has attempted to reconnect with her nieces and nephews but officials aren’t allowing anyone to contact the 13 siblings.
She said, “We have tried since the news broke—I have tried to get visits, phone calls, something. They [the guardian attorney] do keep in touch with us letting us know how the children are, the children are doing great.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Riverside police arrested the couple on January 14 after their 17-year-old daughter escaped through a window and called 911 using a deactivated cell phone. The teen reportedly told officers that her parents were holding she and her 12 siblings captive and presented pictures to corroborate her story.
The parents are accused of withholding food from their 13 children in addition to limiting their bathroom use and allowing them to only shower once a year. 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.
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 each being held on $12 million bail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 14.
[Featured Image: Louise Turpin/Police handout]