Detectives are considering sending the dogs inside the property in Perris, California, where the Turpins’ 13 starving children were found after one managed to escape.
Police found the siblings, aged between two and 29, shackled to beds at the filthy home in Perris on Sunday along with two healthy and friendly Maltese-mix puppies.
The 17-year-old daughter who raised the alarm told cops she was terrified they would kill her if she got caught. “Many of the children didn’t know what a police officer was”, he explained. Six are minors, CNN reported. “They have tortured and damaged these kids for life”, he added.
Their parents, David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested on nine counts each of torture and child endangerment.
As the investigation into the Turpin family’s “House of Horrors” continues, detectives are facing the grim possibility that some of David and Louise Turpin’s children may not have survived. They have pled not guilty and face 94 years in prison if convicted.
Images of the two 1-year-old pups were posted by authorities, showing them wearing dog sweaters.
She was so “emaciated” that officers said they originally thought she was just 10 years old.
The 29-year-old child weighs just 82 pounds, prosecutors said and the other children are so thin they all look younger than their actual ages, authorities said.
Mr and Mrs Turpin have each been charged with 12 counts of torture, seven counts of abuse of a dependent adult, six counts of child abuse and 12 counts of false imprisonment. All the children’s names begin with the letter J, according to court documents that didn’t provide their full names.
“They would buy food, including pies, apple pies, pumpkin pies, leave it on the counter, let the children look at it but not eat the food”, Hestrin said.
Similarly, the children were not allowed to play with toys, though many were found throughout the house – in their original packaging.
“I will tell you as a prosecutor, there are cases that stick with you, they haunt you”, Hestrin said.
“We remember them as a very nice couple”, he said.
‘Severe, emotional, physical abuse.
The reclusive family has lived in their suburban Perris neighborhood since 2014, but neighbors said they didn’t see them much.
David and Louise’s home supposedly doubled as a homeschool called the Sandcastle Day School, but it was never inspected by education officials, according to The Guardian.
Research into the journals likely will have to wait until the Turpins’ criminal case is resolved, and only if the writings are released to academics, Pennebaker said. “Our clients are presumed to be innocent, and that is a very important presumption”.
Authorities don’t know where the children may end up at this point, said Hestrin, the district attorney.
Now, people all over the world are wondering what will happen to the children, and what the future holds for them. “It breaks our hearts”.
“When we come into this world, our attachment figures are our primary sources of safety and security, no matter how abusive they are”, Borelli told the Daily Mail.
The grandparents said the children were strictly home-schooled and were required to memorise long passages from the Bible. The books are expected to be powerful evidence against their parents.
Parents have the right to educate their own children; they don’t have the right not to educate their children or to use home-schooling as a cover for abuse and neglect.