Unsealed court documents reveal how ‘House of Horrors’ siblings were pressured into living in miserable conditions in a crime-ridden area after escaping their abusive parents – and told they’d be split up if they complain- Daily Mail
The Turpin siblings, who were freed from their abusive parents’ house of horrors in Southern California, have suffered a new blow. They now live in a run-down apartment in a crime-ridden area.
The Turpin’s adult children were taken to see an apartment in an undisclosed suburb by an employee for the Riverside County Public Guardian’s office. They were told the lease was already signed.
Parents David and Louise Turpin were arrested after one of their 13 children escaped. The kids had been shackled to beds, starved, and held largely in isolation from the world.
Police arrested David and Louise Turpin after finding their 13 children underweight and unbathed. They pleaded guilty to torture and abuse and were sentenced to life in prison.
Riverside County’s social service system failed in various instances to help the seven adult and six minor children transition to new lives, according to court documents. A private law firm has been hired to look into the allegations.
After suffering unspeakable abuse and deprivation at the hands of their parents, the 13 Turpin siblings were promised help to start fresh. Unfortunately, that help has fallen flat. The story of the Turpin children attracted an international audience, but some officials and some of the children are now speaking out to say they still face challenges.
The Turpin children have received $600,000 in private donations, but County officials have refused to provide ABC News with information about the trusts. Several of the adult Turpin children continue to live in dangerous conditions and lack meaningful access to basic needs.
Jordan Turpin, 21, told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer that she had no plan for food, health care, life skills training, or even shelter.
The Turpin family has had trouble accessing state and county social service programs and receiving donations following their parents’ arrest. The court appointed public guardian failed to file an annual accounting.
Attorneys for the children’s trust continuously advocated for services on behalf of their clients, but the urgency in providing these essentials declined once national attention ceased.
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