What's next for 13 siblings allegedly starved, held captive


Scroll down to see where the David and Louise Turpin lived before they were arrested in California on suspicion of torture and child endangerment.

"Anne Frank lived in an insane world, but her family life was remarkably normal", Pennebaker said.

The family's Perris house is registered as a private school called the Sandcastle Day School. The children were reared on the graveyard shift, with the family staying up all night and going to bed shortly before dawn, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said. The police visited the area where they found 12 of her sisters and brothers that aged from 2 years to 29.They found them in total mayhem, they were all malnourished, and others were chained to the bed. "What started out as neglect became severe, pervasive, prolonged child abuse". And a warning - this report you're about to hear includes descriptions of child abuse.

He said the alleged punishments would last weeks or months, and intensified over time.

"It's hard to think of them as adults when you see them", the medical center's CEO, Mark Uffer, said Wednesday of the older children.

Louise's sister, Teresa Robinette, told the newspaper that the pair began dating in 1984 and that their mother gave her blessing but not their father.

Riverside County law enforcement officials now are combing through those journals.

Authorities don't know where the children may end up at this point, said Hestrin, the district attorney.

The teenager who escaped and alerted police to the house where her siblings were held captive had been hatching a plan to leave for two years, Hestrin said.

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Why not share this with the authorities? She continues, "I was treated like one of the kids kind of, so I had rules..."

"I saw them about 7 or 8pm on Saturday".

Flores reveals that eventually, she was forbidden from contacting the family. I had no family. Flores says she is shocked by her sister's arrest.

"I always made comments to Louise when I did talk to her, about, gosh, they are so skinny", Robinette said. "And I want to her know that I'm praying for her salvation, and that we do love her".

"I lost my kids for a little while because of this". They are scheduled to appear in court on February 23. The children would reportedly march in single-file for hours, according to ABC News.

The parents of the siblings, David and Louise Turpin, are due to appear before a judge in California. Captain Greg Fellows of the sheriff's department said on Tuesday, "I wish I could come to you today with information that would explain why this happened".

"When we come into this world, our attachment figures are our primary sources of safety and security, no matter how abusive they are", she said.

Hestrin said all 13 victims were severely malnourished and as a result some have cognitive impairment and a lack of basic knowledge.

A neighbour named Jose Mercado was trying to reconcile the horror - the Perris chief of police called it an act of "torture" - with his experience of a quiet community where the surrounding blocks bustle with hundreds of young trick-or-treaters during Halloween and residents proudly compete over the best Christmas lights display.