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21 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 21 April, 2019 12:14:23 AM
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‘House of horrors’ children forgive parents

BBC, London
‘House of horrors’ children forgive parents
Louise and David Turpin, who pleaded guilty to 14 felony counts for the abuse over several decades of their 13 children, speak with their attorneys in court for their sentencing in Riverside, California on Friday. A California couple were jailed for at least 25 years after admitting imprisoning and torturing 12 of their 13 children in a grisly "House of Horrors" case that shocked the world. AFP photo

A California couple's children have forgiven them for years of torture and starvation as the parents were sentenced to life in prison. David and Louise Turpin's children told a court they still loved their mother and father despite all the abuse. The couple were arrested in January 2018 when their 17-year-old daughter escaped the filthy home in Perris.

The Turpins pleaded guilty to the abuse of all but one of their 13 children for at least nine years. They are expected to serve the rest of their lives behind bars, unless granted parole in 25 years. The couple wept as they heard victim-impact statements from four of their children at Friday's hearing. "I love both of my parents so much," said one child in words read by her brother.

"Although it may not have been the best way of raising  us, I am glad that they did because it made me the person I am today."

Another sibling recounted being haunted by their ordeal.

"I cannot describe in words what we went through growing up," said his statement.

"Sometimes I still have nightmares of things that had happened such as my siblings being chained up or getting beaten.

"That is the past and this is now.

"I love my parents and have forgiven them for a lot of the things they did to us." But not all the children were so conciliatory.

One daughter, visibly shaking, said: "My parents took my whole life from me, but now I'm taking my life back.

"I'm a fighter, I'm strong and I'm shooting through life like a rocket."

She added: "I saw my dad change my mom. They almost changed me, but I realised what was happening."

David and Louise Turpin

also cried as they apologised for the treatment of their children. The 57-year-old father’s lawyer read a prepared statement on his behalf, saying: “My home schooling and discipline had good intentions.

“I never intended for any harm to come to my children. I love my children and I believe my children love me.”

He was an engineer for major US defence contractors Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. Speaking directly to court, housewife Louise Turpin, 50, said she was “truly sorry” for what she had done. “I love my children so much,” she said. “I really look forward to the day I can see them, hug them and tell them I’m sorry.”

The couple sat stony-faced as the judge rebuked them for their “selfish, cruel and inhuman treatment”.

 

 

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