Couple who tortured 12 of their children jailed for life

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

Several children of a California couple convicted of torturing them for years gave emotional statements at their parents' sentencing Friday.

Their daughter, speaking publicly for the first time, continued through tears: "Now, I'm taking my life back".

David Turpin's statement had to be partially read by his attorney after he became overwhelmed with emotion early on while delivering it to the court.

"I saw my dad change my mom, but they didn't change me". "I'm a fighter. I'm strong and I'm shooting through life like a rocket".

After listening to her children speak, Louise Turpin read her own statement in court, crying as she apologized for inflicting years of abuse.

David Turpin then took over reading, saying he wants his children to be successful in school.

She said her parents did not know the children were malnourished because they thought the children inherited a gene from their mother, who was small.

The lives of the children "have been permanently altered in their ability to learn, grow and thrive".

Two of the children of a California couple convicted of torturing them for years have addressed the court at their sentencing.

The pair pleaded guilty to 14 felony counts, including one count of torture, four counts of false imprisonment, six counts of cruelty to a dependent and three counts of willful child cruelty.

Judge Bernard Schwartz admonished the couple for their "selfish, cruel and inhumane actions", the sentenced them to 25 years to life in prison.

"My parents are abusive", she said in the call.

One son, who identified himself as Josh, told the court that he was working on his bachelor's degree in software engineering.

He explained how he still suffered nightmares about him and his siblings being chained up or beaten.

"I love my parents and have forgiven them for a lot of the things that they did to us", he told the court, speaking slowly.

"I can't breathe because of how dirty the house is", the girl said. He learned how to swim and ride a bike past year, and sometimes takes long rides. "[I look] forward to the day I can see them and hug them and tell them I'm sorry".

Jessica added that she was attending college and doing well.

Louise Turpin said she was sorry for "everything I've done to hurt my children".

He said the pair were facing 25 years in prison. I remember our mother sitting in her recliner saying she 'don't know what to do.' She didn't want to use rope or chain, but was afraid her children were taking in too much sugar and caffeine.

Each of the children spoke of their faith in God.

The sentence came 15 months after the Turpins were arrested on January 14, 2018 and a day after an audio tape was released to the public of the 911 call made by the Turpin's then 17-year-old daughter who escaped their house and blew open the high-profile abuse case.

The girl used a deactivated cell phone she'd found inside the house to call 911.

The Turpins' eldest child, a 30-year-old woman, was the first to take the stand as her parents watched on in the moments before they learned their fate.

Most of the children were severely underweight and had not bathed for months. Investigators have said it is unclear what prompted the abuse.

The children said they were beaten, caged and shackled if they did not obey their parents. Some showed signs of stunted growth and atrophying muscles. The house was filthy, and reeked of human waste.

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