Prosecutor Releases New Details In Case Involving 'Shackled' Siblings

Jan 27, 2018, 16:43
Prosecutor Releases New Details In Case Involving 'Shackled' Siblings

The Turpin's 17-year-old daughter, who appeared 10 due to starvation, escaped through a window January 14. and used a deactivated cell phone to call authorities.

One video shows 10 female children in matching purple plaid dresses walking down the aisle ahead of Louise toward David, who waited at the altar with two male children in suits. The city did not release a name for the white dog.

The shocking revelations come as Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said that "hundreds of journals" have been recovered from the children's home.

"What that 17-year-old girl did was unbelievable", Rebecca Bailey, a California-based psychologist who specializes in treating trauma survivors, told NBC News.

"Sure, we're saying we should have known, but behind closed doors you don't know what's going on", she told the Associated Press.

A California couple tortured a dozen of their children for years, starving them to the point that their growth was stunted, chaining them to their beds for up to months, preventing them from using the toilet at times and forbidding them from showering more than once a year, a prosecutor said Thursday. James Turpin said that he knew nothing about the case beyond what he had seen in the media.

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Earlier this week, Elizabeth revealed how she had no idea her nieces and nephews were being abused because the Turpins cut themselves off from the rest of her family and did not allow them to contact the kids. All it takes is for one sibling hungry for parental approval - or extra food - to let slip that an escape is being planned. Breaking down in tears, she said that she never thought to go to police to have them check in on her nieces and nephews because her sister and brother-in-law were notoriously "private" people. "To escape means to defy the parents".

At the Turpin's home, a memorial of stuffed toys and balloons placed there by neighbors heartbroken by the nightmare said to have unfolded inside. A home-made poster taped to the house said: "We stand united with the Turpin children".

Dr. Bruce Perry, a senior fellow at the Child Trauma Academy in Houston, agreed. They didn't think that much about it, because "they were always amusing and private anyway, even before they ever had children", Flores noted. "They homeschooled every one of them and one day they just up and left", the unidentified woman said. The teen who managed to get out did so with her younger sister, who panicked and went back to the house. Even more heartening: "They're hopeful that life will get better for them after this event", he shared. "The power that must have been exerted to keep an entire family like that for so long must have been pretty sophisticated". The state bears some responsibility for ensuring that children are getting the basics of a good education and that they are safe. Combined with the physical and emotional weakness, it robs prisoners of the will to escape, he said.

Neighbours in Perris, where modest but well maintained homes are tightly packed on suburban streets, said they were stunned by the arrests. "That is the how they are being controlled - by threats and manipulation", she explains.

Mark Reinecke, who is chief of psychology at Northwestern Medicine and specializes in treating children, said "there are individual differences in how people respond to risky situations". When the girl who escaped was asked if any pills were in the home, she did not understand what medication was. She may have gotten help from "supportive siblings".

She told them her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive inside. "This was done partly to prevent the world from seeing them".