A trial for David and Louise Turpin was held earlier this week and their 17-year-old daughter, Jordan, spoke out against her abusive parents. The teen — who was the one to escape her family’s home and call 911 — took the stand at the Riverside Hall of Justice and revealed that her father, David, sexually abused her.
According to ABC 7 reporter Rob McMillan, who live-tweeted the trial, Jordan told authorities that “she was sexually abused by her father in the TV room upstairs when they lived in Murrieta.” He allegedly “called her over to him, pulled her pants down, and put her on his lap.”
Despite her pleas to stop, however, the abuse continued. “Jordan said she told her father ‘I don’t like that stuff.’ But he kept trying. The incident was interrupted when mother was walking up stairs. She jumped off his lap and pulled her pants up. Her father told her she ‘better not tell anybody what happened.'”
During the trial, a recording of the heartbreaking 911 call was released. “I’ve never been out,” Jordan told authorities. “I don’t go out much, so I don’t know the streets or anything… I live in a family of 15 people and my parents are abusive; they abuse us and my two little sisters are chained up. Sometimes I wake up and I can’t breathe because of how dirty the house is. We never take baths.”
As previously reported, David and Louise Turpin made headlines in January when they were arrested for holding their 13 children captive in their California home. Jordan’s 12 brothers and sisters were found living in “dark and foul-smelling surroundings” where some had been bound, shackled, or padlocked to beds, according to a statement from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Their lawyer, Jack Osborn, revealed in March that the children have been released from the hospital and are now living together in a home in rural California. “The adult siblings want to be known as survivors, not victims,” Osborn told ABC News. “They’re joyful, warm, considerate. It’s not all about them. They want to hear what’s going on with you, and me, and my family. It’s just really fun. It’s fun to be around them. Of course, they’re really full of joy about their life and the things they get to experience right now.”
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