The children, between the ages of two to 29 at the time, were found malnourished and abused.
There was no explanation from the parents or lawyers about why the abuse occurred, but a letter from one of the children read by an attorney hinted at a home life that veered from birthday celebrations and trips to Disneyland and Las Vegas to severe punishment and disarray. They slept during the day and were active for a few hours at night.
Inside the home, deputies discovered one of the couple's children chained to a bed and two others who had just been set free from their shackles. Her eyes were already red from crying when she began to speak in the voice of a little girl.
Although the couple filed paperwork with the state to homeschool their children, learning was limited.
"We don't really do school". Deputies said the oldest of 13 siblings, a 29-year-old woman, weighed just 82 pounds.
A daughter of the Turpin couple - who tortured their children in the "house of horrors" - has come to the defence of her sadistic parents in an extraordinary victim impact statement. She did not know the date, or the month, or what 'medication, ' meant, but she did know how to dial 911 on a barely functional cell phone, and reported the abuse to a police dispatcher.
The chilling crimes the Turpins committed happened from 2010 when they moved from Texas to California to the time of their arrest in January 2018. The children were hospitalized and then split up into foster care.
David and Louise Turpin pleaded guilty in February to 14 felony counts each, including counts of torture, false imprisonment, cruelty to dependent adults and child endangerment, after police discovered they had held their children captive, starving them and forcing them to live in horrific conditions. Neighbours rarely saw the children outside the home.
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 fought to become the person I am". I saw my dad change my mum. "I hope they never lose their faith". The victims discussed how they suffered at the hands of their parents, but also talked of their love for them regardless. However, he still struggles emotionally.
One of the Turpins' sons also stood up and spoke in court on Friday, "I can not describe in words what we went through growing up". The young man said he still had nightmares about his siblings being chained up. "But that is the past, and this is now".
"But now", she said, "I'm taking my life back". In addition, she asked for them to be incarcerated in a nearby prison, so she could visit them more easily. "I love my parents and have forgiven them for a lot of the things that they did to us". He said the siblings wanted to be normal adults "without being thought of first as the Turpin children" and that they were humbled by an outpouring of support from strangers from around the world.
"I love my children so much", she said. "I have learned so much and become very independent". "God looks at the heart and I know he sees theirs". They both read statements. "And so I think they may spend a long time processing the two". "I'm glad we were able to resolve this case without my children being forced to testify".