Turpin captivity case: Children forgive parents for torture

David Turpin and Louise Turpin are seen appearing in court and entering guilty pleas on Feb. 22 2019

David Turpin and Louise Turpin are seen appearing in court and entering guilty pleas on Feb. 22 2019

The deranged parents held the 12 siblings, who ranged in age from 2 to 29, captive inside their Perris, Calif., home for years before their 17-year-old daughter escaped through a window and called 911 in January 2018.

The lawman said that the victim told him her sisters had been shackled because they were caught by Louise Turpin snatching candy from the kitchen - - verboten under the house "rules".

They are even said to adore the Harry Potter movies where the protagonist was forced to live in a cupboard under the stairs before going to Hogwarts.

It's not clear if any children will attend Friday's sentencing, but they will be offered a chance to speak or can offer written statements to be read in court.

"Their whole lives were controlled".

A daughter said, "Life may have been bad but it made me strong".

Today, she said, she's living independently and "life is great".

The girl didn't know what month it was or what the word medication meant, but knew enough to punch the digits 911 into a barely workable cellphone and then began describing years of abuse to a police dispatcher.

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Turpin professed his love for the youngsters before the sentence was pronounced, while his wife read her own statement, apologizing to her children and adding: "I only want the best for them".

The call was made by Louise and David Turpin's 17-year-old daughter that escaped from the home and called the authorities for help. Our mother tells people we're home schooled. she has a fake private school set up but we don't really do school, ' she said.

Meanwhile, Jane Doe Number 4 sobbed softly, wiping her tears.

Defense attorneys would not say if their clients will address the court. There's 13 kids and then a mother and a father, ' she said in the 911 audio.

"I think 25 years is too long", another child said in their statement.

Judge Bernard Schwartz told the couple they had delayed their children's "emotional, mental and physical development" as he jailed them on Friday.

When deputies arrived, they were shocked by what they discovered.

Amazingly, caregivers have revealed since the 13 children were rescued they have all started to thrive.

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"Their lives have been permanently altered, and their ability to learn, grow and thrive".

The couple pleaded guilty in Riverside County Superior Court in February to torture and other abuse and neglect so severe it stunted their children's growth, led to muscle wasting and left two girls unable to bear children. But some of the adults were so malnourished, they looked like young teenagers. They hadn't seen a doctor in years.

The victims told investigators that being tied with ropes was initially a form of punishment.

The children said they were beaten, caged and shackled if they did not obey their parents.

As part of the plea deal, which called for additional charges against both spouses to be dropped, the Turpins will spend the rest of their lives in prison unless granted parole after a mininum of 25 years behind bars, the Riverside County District Attorney said on Twitter.

The case came to light a year ago when one of the children escaped through a window from the couple's home and called the emergency services.

The teen had planned her escape for more than two years.

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