California couple who tortured their children for years get life in prison


Two California parents were sentenced to life in prison after the mistreatment of more than a dozen of their children.

The couple also were accused of taunting their children with pies and other food that they were forbidden to eat.

"My parents took my whole life from me, but now I'm taking my life back", one of the couple's daughters said, while a son said he still loved his parents and had forgiven them.

David and Louise Turpin both took the opportunity to address the court, apologizing to their children and expressing their own hopes that their children succeed in all their endeavors.

David Turpin's statement had to be partially read by his attorney after he became overwhelmed with emotion early on while delivering it to the court.

Several children from the notorious "house of horrors" in California spoke in front of a packed courtroom about their abuse and torture just before their parent's sentencing on April 19.

Some of the adult siblings' growth had been so severely stunted by starvation that authorities at first mistook them for children.

"The selfish, cruel and inhumane treatment has deprived them, family, friends and society, and especially you, (these children as) gifts".

"Their lives have been permanently altered in their ability to learn, grow and thrive", he continued.

In February, the Turpin parents each pleaded guilty to 14 felony counts, admitting that they had overseen what state authorities would later call a "House of Horrors".

They are expected to serve the rest of their lives behind bars, unless granted parole in 25 years.

When the call handler asked when she last had a bath, she replied: "I don't know". I'm going to get a job as a software engineer and go to school part-time to get my master's degree. "Sometimes I still have nightmares of things that had happened, such as my siblings being chained up or getting beaten", he said. "I love my children so much", she said through tears.

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Another said: "Life may have been bad, but it made me strong".

He said he has since learned to ride a bike and now cycles everywhere. Seven of their captives were their adult children - ages 18 to 29 - but were so badly malnourished they appeared to be much younger. "I'm sorry if I've done anything to cause them harm".

Jessica added that she was attending college and doing well.

Prior to Friday's expected sentencing, the Turpin parents were being held in prison on a $13 million bail.

"Although it may not have been the best way of raising us, I am glad that they did because it made me the person I am today".

Each of the children spoke of their faith in God.

They were arrested in January 2018 after one of their children - a 17-year-old girl - escaped from the family's home by climbing out a window, then called 911.

But she knew enough to punch 911 into a barely workable cellphone and began describing years of horrific abuse to a police dispatcher.

The children at the time ranged in age from 2 to 29. Investigators have said it is unclear what prompted the abuse.

District Attorney Mike Hestrin said the victims were only allowed to shower once a year. The house was also filthy and reeked of human waste. "But that is the past and this is now", the son said in court. "I long for the opportunity to have contact with them again".

"I never intended for any harm to come to my children". They nearly changed me but I realized what was happening.

"I thank God for all of my children".