Will the Turpin children recover

Horror house in California: Now the aunts of the 13 tormented children speak


David and Louise Turpin apparently also shielded their closest relatives from their children. The family has not seen a sister of the mother for 19 years.

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The case of the 13 children of David (57) and Louise Turpin (49) in Perris, California, who were held in terrible circumstances in their parents' house, causes horror worldwide. Now two aunts of the battered two to 29 year old siblings have spoken out and given an insight into the disturbing family life.

Elizabeth Jane Flores, sister of the arrested Louise Turpin and mother of seven, told Daily Mail TV that the family did not allow visitors. She herself has not seen her sister for 19 years. "We talked on the phone every now and then, but every time I asked to speak to her children, she wouldn't let me," said Flores. Louise Turpin even ignored her Facebook contact request.

Grandparents were refused visits

The sister emphasizes that she knew that something was wrong with raising children, but she never expected it to be that bad. "We were so concerned because it was so strange, but there was nothing we could have done," "The Sun" quotes the children's aunt.

According to Flores, the children's grandparents tried a few times to visit their grandchildren and daughter. "My parents booked flights several times to see them." But whenever they got there, the family refused to give their grandparents their address. "My parents came back crying every time," says Flores. In the meantime they have died without seeing their daughter and grandson again.

Teresa Robinette, another sister of Louise Turpin, told NBC News that she couldn't understand how it got to this point. “Our lives weren't perfect growing up, but that's not how she [Louise] lived. And neither did David, he was raised in a very wealthy home, ”reports Robinette. "I feel like I'm in a bad dream," says the sister, emphasizing that her heart was broken because of her nieces and nephews. "I'm so angry, so pissed off, so hurt," she continues on the record.

Betty Turpin, on the other hand, the grandmother of the paternal children, describes the parents to CNN as very caring. They would have dressed all children in the same way in public and arranged them according to age. At the beginning and at the end of the group, one parent left each time - for safety reasons. This made it easier to keep track of things. In fact, on Facebook photos of their parents, the children often pose in identical clothes.

However, she has not seen the family for four to five years, as she told ABC. The grandparents only knew that their grandchildren were homeschooled and raised very religiously.

In psychological care

According to experts, the 13 siblings will still need psychological help for a long time on their way back to normality. Given the long periods of "hunger and abuse", the siblings need long-term psychological and psychiatric treatment, said the head of the department for the treatment of victims of abuse at the clinics of Riverside University, Sophia Grant, on Tuesday.

Mark Uffer, director of the Corona regional hospital, where the adult victims were treated from the house, described the patient's condition as "stable". "I think they are hopeful that their life will be better after this incident." You are now in a "very safe and secure environment".

The children were apparently taught by their parents themselves. They registered their house as a private school and named their father as the director. The only six students were the younger children of the family. They were never checked.

The children probably didn't get enough to eat for years, says the head of the Cleveland Clinic's nutrition center in Ohio, Donald Kirby. Their pale skin is not just a sign that they have hardly gotten any sunshine. They also suffered from iron and vitamin deficiencies.

If the necessary nutrients are missing in the growth phase, the body adjusts itself at some point and then cannot continue to grow, explains Kirby and adds: “That did not happen last week or last month and also not last year. That probably happened over a very long period of time. " It will be a long and hard time before body and mind have recovered from it. (mlr / afp)