City of Perris creates GoFundMe account to help siblings recover from torture

City of Perris creates GoFundMe account to help siblings recover from torture

City of Perris creates GoFundMe account to help siblings recover from torture

"It's hard to think of them as adults when you see them", the medical center's CEO, Mark Uffer, said Wednesday of the older children.

The charges include allegations dating to 2010, when the couple moved to Riverside County from outside Fort Worth, Texas.

Police found her siblings, some of them allegedly shackled to furniture, inside their dark and "foul-smelling" home.

"We have a lot of evidence to go through".

Shaking off the shackles was just the first step for the starving teenager who escaped from the California horror house and saved her 12 siblings when she blew the whistle on her parents, experts said Friday.

Teresa Robinette told NBC News about her sister and brother-in-law, Louise and David Turpin.

Sharon Ontiveros, 63, stopped by the house with her 3-year old granddaughter, who left a stuffed animal with dozens of others on the front walkway. Several children even had cognitive and nerve damage from the abuse, he said. The couple's eldest child, who is 29 years old, weighed only 82 pounds.

After years of alleged abuse, the couple's daughter escaped from their home on Sunday and called 911.

On Thursday David Turpin, 56, and Louise Turpin, 49, pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of torture, child abuse, dependent adult abuse and false imprisonment.

The Turpins, who are accused of torturing their 13 children at their house by chaining them to their beds for "months at a time" as punishment, have pleaded not guilty to all charges. Each is held on $12m bail.

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FACEBOOKThe Turpin family could have extended to 14 children

He added the entire family slept all day, only waking at night.

According to Louise's sister Elizabeth Jane Flores, a Christian Motivational Speaker in Cleveland, Tenn., Louise had a reclusive life from the family, claiming she had not seen her sister in 19 years and was never allowed to see her children, Flores told the Daily Mail. Some did not understand the concept of a policeman or of medicine.

"They would buy food, including pies, apple pies, pumpkin pies, leave it on the counter, let the children look at it but not eat the food", Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said during a press conference.

But despite the trauma they've been through, the therapists say human beings are surprisingly resilient and, with years of work, many if not all of the children could eventually be able to lead normal lives.

Patricia Costales, chief executive of The Guidance Centre, a California-based nonprofit that provides children with mental health therapy, said of the younger children: "Their brains are still adapting, they're still forming, they're still developing their understanding of the world". "And they had such good relationships".

"You don't need to learn what a police officer is from going to school, you learn that from just being out in the world", Patricia Costales told the DailyMail. To not even know something like that really speaks to how incredibly controlled their environment was.

"They didn't say a word", he said. Breaking down in tears, she said that she never thought to go to police to have them check in on her nieces and nephews because her sister and brother-in-law were notoriously "private" people.

While the report did not quote any police or investigators, it said the revelations had come from sources close to the investigation. They were married in 1985 in Pearisburg, Virginia, when she was 16 years old and he was 23, according to the Associated Press. "To me, that is a sign she has something inside of her that is really healthy", she said.

"One of the things that happens with really prolonged abuse like this is the instincts about self-protection and the desire to protect oneself are totally disrupted - but she has it". I had no family.

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