New details have emerged regarding the alleged abuse endured by 13 children living in a Southern California home that has since been described as a “house of horrors.”
As CrimeOnline has previously reported, David and Louise Turpin face an array of criminal charges related to starving and abusing their children.
They were arrested in January after one of their daughters was able to run away from the home and contact authorities.
According to Fox News, the 17-year-old girl’s 911 call revealed details of the alleged abuse she and her siblings endured at the hands of her parents.
Authorities released the contents of the call during a hearing this week at Riverside County Superior Court. The evidence presented included the teen’s assertion that her sisters were “chained up” inside the residence.
“They will wake up at night and they will start crying and they wanted me to call somebody,” she said. “I wanted to call y’all and y’all can help my sisters.”
Though all of the children — ranging from 2 to 29 years old — were hospitalized after their parent’s arrest, each has since been released. Social workers have declined to elaborate on their current whereabouts.
An attorney for the seven minor children said earlier this year that the children prefer not to “dwell on the past” and are looking forward to a future on their own terms.
“They want their identity to be now and going forward the things they hope to do, the dreams they have. They do not want people to think of them only as a possible victim, but as young adults setting off on their lives.”
The defendants have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them and were both locked up earlier this year with bond set at $12 million each.
[Feature Photo: David and Louise Turpin/Riverside County Sheriff’s Department]