‘They’re Survivors’: Turpin Children Moving on With Their Lives After Suffering Horrific Abuse, Want Privacy

An attorney for the adult children of Louise and David Turpin said they’re ready to move on with their lives after suffering horrific abuse, and they want their privacy.

“They’re not victims,” said attorney Jack Osborn. “They’re survivors.”

Louise and David Turpin were sentenced on Friday to 25 years to life for abusing 12 children. In January 2018, a 17-year-old daughter escaped, and told authorities that she and her 12 siblings were imprisoned at the home, lived in squalid conditions, and kept from school. In a 911 call publicized Thursday, she could be heard saying two sisters and one brother were chained to their beds.

At the time, deputies said the children ranged in age from 2 to 29. Law enforcement described the 17-year-old as “slightly emaciated,” and said she looked like a 10-year-old. Osborn on Friday said the children had gained weight.

They have hobbies. Some are living in apartments, or with other siblings, Osborn said.

One of the sons said in impact statements on Friday that he will get a bachelor’s in software engineering. Osborn said this sibling was 27. A 30-year-old sister also spoke at the sentencing hearing.

According to Osborn, each of the children love their parents, but they need their distance for the time being.

What’s next for them? Private lives.

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