Seven children of alleged abusers David and Louise Turpin have been released from the Corona Regional Medical Center. According to their lawyer, Jack Osborn, they are now living together in a home in rural California. The specific location, however, is being kept secret.
In an interview with ABC News, Jack said the seven oldest Turpin siblings were released on Thursday and transported to their new home, where they each have their own rooms and closets. They also reunited with their family dogs.
“The adult siblings want to be known as survivors, not victims,” Osborn told the outlet. “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,” he said. “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.”
On Sunday, Jan. 14, police made a shocking discovery in Perris, CA. At the home of David, 57, and Louise, 49, 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 at the time. A 13th sibling was the one who alerted authorities to the house of horrors after she managed to escape and call for help.
Turpin family home where authorities rescued 13 malnourished children held captive by their parents.
Jack said that his clients are receiving occupational, physical, and psychological therapy and catching up on all the movies they’ve missed over the years — like Star Wars. He also told ABC News that none of the adult siblings have ever driven a car, though they’ve all been of legal driving age for some time. He added that they’re all looking forward to the future.
“Some asked whether they could be nurses without having to give injections or seeing much blood,” he said, adding they “want to be independent” and “want to do things for themselves and they want to start having independent lives where they’re responsible for themselves. That’s the goal and that’s what everyone is working toward.”
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