Psychiatrist on House of Horrors Shocker: 'Don't Confound this with Homeschooling'

by Wade Massey January 20, 2018, 0:28
Psychiatrist on House of Horrors Shocker: 'Don't Confound this with Homeschooling'

The parents of 13 malnourished children found in alleged captivity in Southern California have been charged with committing years of torture and abuse and could face up to life in prison.

All the victims except for the toddler are severely malnourished, Hestrin said, adding that the eldest victim - a 29-year-old woman - weighs only 82 pounds.

Breggin said the older children didn't attempt to leave the home because their father "not only indoctrinated these people, he subjected them to the most extreme kind of social control and it started at birth, I'm sure".

The couple - David Turpin, 56, and Louise Turpin, 49 - have denied the charges.

David and Louise Turpin appeared before a judge in a Thursday arraignment where they pleaded not guilty multiple counts of torture and abuse of their 13 children.

The children would stay awake all night until going to sleep at four or five in the morning and slept during the day.

Authorities say the siblings are malnourished and undersized, with cognitive impairment and other problems. Milligan said the children didn't utter one word and she never saw them again.

But a pair of one-year-old Maltese pups were found in "good condition", a Perris City spokesman revealed.

Three of the siblings were chained at the moment police arrived at the house Sunday, Hestrin said. He said another child, a 12-year-old, is the weight of an average 7-year-old.

After their rescue, the victims were given food and beverages, then the six minors were taken to Riverside University Hospital System Medical Center for treatment, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. But Hestrin said the children appear to be lacking "basic knowledge of life".

Photos on a Facebook page that appeared to be created by David and Louise Turpin show the couple at Disneyland with the children, wearing matching shirts.

The siblings' grandparents told ABC News that during the children's home-schooling, they were made to memorize long scriptures of the Bible, with some memorizing the entire book.

Betty and James Turpin of Princeton, West Virginia say they were in shock when they learned of the arrest of their son David Turpin and his wife, Louise Turpin this week.

Public records show the house is listed in a California education department directory as the location of "Sandcastle Day School", with Mr Turpin named as principal.

Now, the community is gathering together to show the Turpin children that they have support.

He said investigators have found no evidence of sexual abuse or mental illness at this stage, but added the inquiry was just beginning.

The parents have been charged over the abuse which allegedly dates back to 2010.

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