Torture probe launched after 13 siblings held captive in U.S. home

Torture probe launched after 13 siblings held captive in U.S. home

They were allowed one meal a day and one shower a year, Hestrin said.

Read on to learn more about Elizabeth Flores. David Turpin appeared overweight and his shackles were tight against his stomach. "As a prosecutor there are cases that stick with you that haunt you".

The Turpins' children range in age from two to 29.

Similar cases involving religious cults - or strangers who usually murder or sexually abuse child victims - crop up occasionally. "Punishment would last weeks or even months at a time".

They were charged with 12 counts of torture, seven counts of abuse of a dependent adult, six counts of child abuse or neglect and 12 counts of false imprisonment. Flores admits she was a bit creeped out by David. Investigators have recovered hundreds of them, and they're combing through them for evidence.

Some of the children were chained to furniture inside a room filled with urine and feces, the law enforcement official added. - In addition to being tied up, the victims were also frequently beat and even choked, Hestrin said.

Elizabeth Jane Flores, the sister of Louise Anna Turpin, revealed to ABC News' "Good Morning America" that her brother-in-law made her uncomfortable. It was like a joke. "He never touched me or anything", she said.

Why not share this with the authorities?

Psychologists say the younger siblings might have an easier time adjusting.

Again, I do not mean to diminish the responsibilities and accomplishments of parents or guardians who homeschool their kids.

The Turpin family lived in several locations in Texas and Texas reported the Turpins' former Rio Vista home had boarded-up windows, human waste on the walls and carpets and scratches on the backs of doors when new owners took possession in the early 2000s. The outlet says that the grandparents aren't able to understand "any of this". Similarly, a court ruled 10 years ago that California home-schoolers must have a teaching credential; that ruling was quickly reversed after an outcry from home-schooling supporters. Once a year. A lot of damage can be done in a year.

"Our goal is not to make it harder for those parents to home-school, our goal is to make it harder for parents like the Turpins to home-school", she said. "We don't know if she hatched the escape all by herself, but it is certainly remarkable that she was able to find the energy to find a way out and then actually go".

"When we come into this world, our attachment figures are our primary sources of safety and security, no matter how abusive they are", she said.

Among the sentiments being repeated by neighbors is that they are surprised, and perhaps a little embarrassed, that they did not realize what was going on in that house.

In the short term, the children will be placed in foster care, she said.

TWO healthy dogs have been rescued from the "House of Horrors" where 13 children were allegedly starved and tortured by their own parents.

Milligan said she was checking out Christmas decorations on nearby homes when she saw the older Turpin children putting up a Nativity scene outside their house and complimented their decorations. I simply mean to point out that if the best chance for a kid to get help - any kind of help - is spotting the problem sooner, our teachers are often on the front lines.

Fellows added on that Louise Turpin appeared confused when authorities showed up at her home.

Officers who arrived at the house found a 22-year-old sibling chained to one of the beds. "I would call that torture".