Looks like he may finally feel some remorse for his actions. After pleading guilty to multiple charges in court, California father David Turpin is facing the consequences for his abuse. And now that he’s in jail, he seems to be finding that he may actually have some sympathy for the children that he admitted to torturing, endangering, imprisoning, and allegedly even sexually abusing. According to a February 27 report from Radar Online, the father-of-13 spoke with his sister-in-law Elizabeth Flores, the sibling of his wife, Louise Turpin, and he’s hoping for mercy from his kids.
“The stuff he was saying was about the kids,” Flores revealed. “He kept hoping the kids would come visit him in jail. … He was telling me that no matter what happened with him, he hoped that he still had a relationship with his kids. … That’s what he kept worrying about.” According to her, the abusive father exclaimed, “I hope the kids can forgive me!”
Other family members have spoken out against the duo before. Teresa Robinette, one of Louise’s other sisters, told In Touch that she hopes the parents get life behind bars. “I think they deserve everything they’ve got coming to them,” she said. “It really hurts me to even say that she’s my sister right now. … That’s not my sister sitting there.” She also spoke about adopting those of her nieces and nephews who are still minors. Dr. Randy Turpin, David’s brother, has made similar statements.
On February 22, the Turpin parents pleaded guilty to 14 counts each for charges of torture, false imprisonment, cruelty to an adult dependent, and willful child cruelty. Though their sentencing won’t be until April 19, they could face up life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years. “This office was fully prepared to seek justice in this case,” said Riverside, California DA Mike Hestrin at a press conference. “This is among the worst, most aggravated child abuse cases I have ever seen.”
The couple was arrested in January 2018 after one of their daughters managed to escape the Perris, California home, which has since been auctioned off. “Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house, but were shocked to discover that seven of them were actually adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29,” the sheriff’s department said at the time. The victims were so malnourished that many of them appeared several years younger and they virtually all needed serious medical treatment after being removed from their household. As of March 2018, their lawyer, Jack Osborn, said all 13 Turpin children were out of the hospital and living together in a California home.