An estranged family member is hoping to come to the rescue of the Turpin children after they were saved from their parents' house of horrors. Dr. Randy Turpin, David Turpin's brother, wants to adopt the youngest children to make sure they can stay together, rather than letting them enter foster care.
Randy, who is the president of Ohio’s Valor Christian College, reached out to police to look into the possibility of him adopting the kids, according to CBS News. However, authorities have some concerns about handing them over to the preacher. First of all, they need to find out whether he knew about their abuse, because he would certainly be an unfit caretaker if he turned a blind eye to the appalling abuse his brother inflicted on his nieces and nephews.
Another worry is connected to Randy's beliefs. He wrote a book called 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, which isn't a good sign when his 13 nieces and nephews were denied food by their parents and were found starving and chained to their beds, forced to live in their own waste. Then there's the fact that the church associated with his college, World Harvest Church, paid $2.9 million to a family after their child was badly bruised when a daycare worker beat him with a ruler. As of now, Randy is taking a sabbatical after the “revelations about estranged family members," the church told NY Post.
David and Louise Turpin
However, this man might be the kids' only opportunity to stay together. Riverside County's Department of Public Social Services rep Mary Parks said, "whether you are in foster care, available for adoption, or whatever the case may be… we make every effort possible to keep those siblings together." However, with a family of 13 this seems unlikely. Reports say that the adult children will go to an assisted living facility, while the six youngest will be put into two separate foster homes. Hopefully, these kids can find a way to stay nearby after everything they've been through.