The story of the 13 children of David and Louise Turpin found shackled, abused and malnourished in their family home in California last week continues to unravel as more horrifying details come to light.
The children’s ages ranged from 2 to 29 years old. As Dearly previously reported, their 17-year-old daughter bravely escaped and managed to contact 911 so that authorities could intervene.
It was reported that, at first, David and Louise used ropes to punish their children— tying them to beds or other pieces of furniture. Once one of their kids managed to escape, however, they began utilizing chains and padlocks to detain them. The 13 kids were discovered in brutal conditions, notably with urine and other filth doused all over the home.
Dearly reported that upon further investigation, it became known that David and Louise only permitted each child to shower once per year, and they were given a small-portioned meal once a day.
Now, investigators have discovered another twisted fact about David and Louise’s torture. According to People, the two parents allegedly bought plenty of food for the two of them.
The parents would often have leftovers and leave the food out in front of their starving children to see, but not eat. Whether their kids were chained up or not, their parents refused to let them eat whatever remaining food they themselves couldn’t.
However, according to People, the kids were given plenty of one thing— journals. Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin told ABC News the kids filled out “hundreds of journals” which will now be able to provide investigators with an even clearer look into their their nightmarish upbringing.
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