Inside the Turpins' home in Texas before they moved to Perris, Calif.


"The whole family- I've asked for 20 years to be able to Skype them..."

David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, at Disneyland. Employees at the assessor's office could not remember her visiting her father at the courthouse. They spoke to me and, upon realizing that I wasn't myself, insisted the paramedics take me to a hospital. "I hope they torture my sister for the rest of her life".

Riverside County Sheriff's Homicide Detectives want to see if there were other children who might not have survived, Syndicated news show reports.

David and Louise Turpin are facing a string of charges, including torture, after police say the couple kept their 13 children locked away in subhuman conditions in their Perris, California, home. The pets were described as "friendly" and leash-trained. "Being molested, watching my mom being beaten and raped and being abused myself as a child combined to cause the fear of people, especially men".

David Turpin was also accused of sexually abusing one of his young daughters.

Both have denied all the charges against them.

"For the most part, when you live out in the country, you keep to yourself", she said, but hearing that the couple have been charged makes her wonder if there was more she could have done to help.

The seven adult children were being cared for at Corona Regional Medical Centre, CEO Mark Uffer said.

Hestrin said they were so malnourished that it led to muscle wasting and stunted growth. They also taunted them with new toys they were not allowed to touch.

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.

Parents have the right to educate their own children; they don't have the right not to educate their children or to use home-schooling as a cover for abuse and neglect.

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Perhaps one clue as to how this family managed to be so isolated from the outside world is that the Turpin couple were estranged from their other relatives, who had tried to remain in contact to no avail.

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". She tells ABC, however, that she thinks the Turpins were "really strict" with their children.

Not that lawmakers should go all nanny-state on parents who choose to educate their own children; New York State, for example, takes it too far by requiring home-schooled students to take the state's annual standardized tests.

"She used to say how they would be ideal for TV and would often mention they would be bigger than the reality show 'Kate Plus 8, '" he added.

'It is the reason they moved to California to be nearer to Hollywood'.

To the family's surprise, Louise's dad allowed the couple to marry after they returned to Princeton.

Hestrin said the alleged punishments would last weeks or months, and intensified over time.

"At some point, it becomes out of control, physically and socially, and they [the parents] have to control freedom of movement so the information can't be shared", he says.

The Turpins were charged Thursday with torture, false imprisonment, and abuse of the children and dependent adults, and they're being held on $12 million bail.

Lambert was reportedly the last person to speak with Louise Turpin before she and her husband were arrested.

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin told ABC News in the U.S. that that police had also recovered "hundreds of journals" from the home which would hopefully provide "powerful evidence" on events inside the "house of horrors".