Turpin Family ‘House of Horrors’ 911 Call

Clay Curtis
April 19, 2019

The couple was charged with 12 counts of torture and false imprisonment, as well as nine counts of child abuse and seven counts of cruelty to a dependent adult. The Riverside County District Attorney says part of the reason he made the plea deal is so the children - now ages 3 to 30 - would not have to testify.

'We don't do school. "We decided that the victims have endured enough torture and abuse", District Attorney Mike Hestrin said in announcing the joint plea deals on February 22.

Judge Bernard Schwartz said the children were not allowed to be filmed or photographed.

David and Louise Turpin were sentenced Friday during an emotional hearing that saw some of the children speak publicly about the abuse for the first time.

A new video has surfaced, which featured the 911 call in January 2018 from Jordan Turpin, 17, pleading for help during her planned escape from her parents who allegedly tortured their children in their Perris, California home.

She said her parents rarely let her or her siblings go outside. "Sometimes, my sisters wake up and start crying (because of the pain)". She then called police for help. "OK".

When asked by the 911 dispatcher about her education, she said, "Our mother tells people we're in private school and she has a fake private school set up but we don't really do school".

"They chain us up if we do things we're not supposed to", she said.

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David Turpin, 57, had been an engineer for Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. But prosecutors said the enterprise was bogus, and he lied on forms filed with the state. "I haven't finished first grade and I am 17".

She told responding officers that the house was so dirty she couldn't breathe and that she and her siblings never took baths.

He said the girl described a routine in which the children were forced to sleep 20 hours a day and in the middle of the night ate a combination of lunch and dinner that most often consisted of peanut butter sandwiches, chips and microwaved food.

Prosecutors said the victims had been denied proper nutrition, basic hygiene and medical care and were harshly punished for perceived infractions such as wasting water by washing their hands above the wrist.

The siblings were virtually imprisoned, according to testimony, and the only time they were free to leave their assigned quarters was when both parents were out of the house.

The victims were forbidden to shower a couple of times a year, were unable to use the toilet and none of them had ever seen a dentist. There were alleged beatings with paddles, "hitting on the face, slapping, pushing and being thrown across the room or to the ground", the witness said.

The deranged parents held the 12 siblings, who ranged in age from 2 to 29, captive inside their Perris, Calif., home for years before their 17-year-old daughter escaped through a window and called 911 in January 2018. Majority were hospitalized in January of a year ago for treatment, but they were later placed in undisclosed residential facilities, according to county officials.

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