Couple who shackled children get life in prison

Couple who shackled children get life in prison

Couple who shackled children get life in prison

Louise Turpin and David Turpin are seen crying in court during their sentencing hearing on April 19, 2019.

David and Louise Turpin ruled their southern California home with fear and torture. But when one victim escaped, the parents started using chains and padlocks to shackle some of the children to beds.

One of the couple's daughters cried in court and said, "My parents took my whole life from me, but now I'm taking my life back", according to AP. "I'm a fighter, I'm strong and I'm shooting through life like a rocket".

"I believe everything happens for a reason", one of the couple's adult daughters said in a statement, the Desert Sun reported.

Nevertheless, he said he was doing well today and is in college working toward a software engineering degree and said he still loved his parents.

The children told officers they had been starved and put in cages.

Life got more hard after her mother's parents died in 2016.

He added a kind word for his parents and extended forgiveness.

Louise Turpin spoke for herself, saying, "I'm sorry for everything I've done to hurt my children".

'I'm not sure. Sometimes we live in filth and sometimes I wake up and I can't breathe because because how dirty the house is, ' she said. "I miss all of our children and I will be praying for them". "Their happiness is very important to me".

David Turpin broke down in tears as he tried to address the court.

"My homeschooling and discipline had good intentions", he said.

According to officers, the abuse and torture the children suffered dated back to at least 2010.

"The selfish, cruel and inhuman treatment of your own children has deprived them, your family, your friends and society - and especially both of you - of those gifts".

Hestrin noted the sentence was also the maximum punishment the defendants could have received.

The Turpin parents pleaded guilty in February 2019 to charges of torture, child endangerment, adult abuse, false imprisonment, and more, according to CNN. They nearly changed me, but I realized what was happening.

The case came to light a year ago when one of the children, aged 17, escaped through a window from the couple's home and called the emergency services.

"Ok, I live in a family of 15 people and my parents are abusive", Jordan claimed in the call.

"Two of my sisters and one of my brothers. they're chained up to their bed", the 17-year-old girl told the dispatcher. The teen said she hadn't been to a doctor in five years and had never been to a dentist in her life.

Along with the 911 recording, sheriff's Deputy Manuel Campos testified regarding his January 14 interview with the victim, recalling how Jordan's hair was filthy and her skin was caked with dirt.

The case came to light previous year when one of the children escaped through a window from the couple's home and called the emergency services. The children appeared emaciated and filthy; their surroundings were described as "dark and foul-smelling". "I only want the best for them", Louise Turpin said. "We don't take baths".

Investigators found that the couple's toddler had not been abused, but all of the children were hospitalised.

After Louise and David Turpin's guilty plea in February, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said the couple should die in jail.

It also spared the victims the pain of having to testify at a trial, ensuring they didn't relive the horror all over again.

The adult children have since been living together, attending school, adjusting to normal life and gaining weight.

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