Turpin children read statements during sentencing of parents

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 20, 2019

They will be sentenced to life in prison unless they are granted parole, Reuters reported Friday.

David and Louise Turpin have each been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison after they pleaded guilty to holding captive and torturing their children for years in their California home.

The youngest child, who was 2 when the Turpins were arrested, was apparently spared the abuse, the Riverside County district attorney determined.

The couple sat stony-faced as the judge rebuked them for their "selfish, cruel and inhuman treatment". His attorney read his statement, in which the father expressed hope for his children's success and said he hopes they remain close because their mother and father will not be with them.

Revealing how she is now attending college and living independently, she continued: "I love hanging out with my friends and life is great".

Both David and Louise Turpin are facing 25 years to life in prison.

Speaking directly to court, housewife Louise Turpin, 50, said she was "truly sorry" for what she had done. "Their happiness is very important to me".

"I believe God has a special plan for each of them and I wish I could tell them I'm sorry".

Sentence: Lawyers speak with David (left) and Louise (right) Turpin, in court in Riverside, California, last year.

"My homeschooling and discipline had good intentions", he said.

Judge Bernard Schwarz told the parents that the lives of the children "have been permanently altered in their ability to learn, grow and thrive".

What did the couple say in court?

For the first time since the couple's arrest previous year, two of their eldest children, appeared in court accompanied by supporters and a therapy dog. None of the children had been seen previously at the trial.

The shocking case made news early previous year, when one of the Turpin children escaped and made a 911 call that would lead to the rescue of her siblings. "She doesn't take care of us". "But now I'm taking my life back". "I am a fighter, I'm strong and I'm shooting through life like a rocket".

The Turpin couple also gave statements to the court, apologizing to their children. "I love my children so much", Ms Turpin said. "I pray often for them".

"I can not describe in words what we went through growing up".

"But that is the past and this is now".

One of the sons said he's forgiven his parents.

Most of the 13 children - who ranged in age from 2 to 29 - were severely underweight and hadn't bathed for months.

Investigators found that the couple's toddler had not been abused, but all of the children were hospitalised.

But she knew enough to punch the digits 9-1-1 into a barely workable cellphone and then began describing years of horrific abuse to a police dispatcher.

"We didn't see any of them once or hear a single voice or laugh or cry".

Life got more hard after her mother's parents died in 2016.

"I haven't finished first grade", the 17-year-old said, according to Deputy Manuel Campos.

"The lights inside the house were on all night long every night", she said. "But that is the past and this is now", the son said in court.

"I personally met with the victims and, rest assured, they all are relieved to know this case has been resolved", Hestrin added.

Cops discovered five malnourished and unwashed children shackled inside the home.

With time already served, they will be eligible for parole in 2043. "There is a lot of reassuring", Mr Osborn said.

"Through the years, things became more and more overwhelming, but they kept trusting in God", the girl wrote. And now, they're in a new normal.

He told CNN: "For really the first time they're able to make their own decisions, and decide what they're going to eat".

"And they'll tell you that it's kind of a lifelong thing".

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